- Last Updated: February 04 2016
MID AWARDED THE USBR REGIONAL DIRECTOR'S AWARD
The Madera Irrigation District (District or MID) has been awarded the Regional Director’s Award from the United States Bureau of Reclamation Mid-Pacific Region (USBR or Reclamation) for its commitment to improve water management practices, promoting water conservation and efficiency. The Mid-Pacific Region of Reclamation covers a large geographic area spanning from the northern two-thirds of California and most of western Nevada to the southern part of Oregon with a large number of water and power contractors. The Mid-Pacific Region fulfills water obligations for agriculture, power generation, water conservation, water recycling and reuse.
Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Region manages one of the largest water storage and transport systems in the world, the Central Valley Project (CVP). The CVP includes twenty (20) dams and reservoirs and eleven (11) powerplants with a combined storage capacity of more than eleven (11) million acre-feet of water. The CVP serves farms, homes, and industry in California’s Central Valley. Madera Irrigation District is a CVP contractor with water contracts from the Friant Unit (San Joaquin River) and Hidden Unit (Fresno River).
The Madera Irrigation District was awarded the Regional Director’s Award at Reclamation’s Mid-Pacific Conference on January 20, 2016 for its collaboration “with Reclamation’s grant programs to conserve and better manage valuable water resources by implementing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition projects, replacing approximately 100 farm turnouts meters, installing flume gates, and equipping ditch tenders with real-time meter reading applications.” In addition, “the District has made significant progress in the realms of the water industry including infrastructure upgrades, operating under balanced budgets during drought years, promoting public education on water related topics, and fostering cooperation and partnerships with neighboring agencies.”
“This is one of the highest honors that Reclamation can award a district, MID is extremely proud to have received this recognition. This award shows the dedication and commitment of the District’s Board of Directors and staff to improve water management practices for the benefit of our District and our growers” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager.
Pictured from left: General Manager Thomas Greci, Board President Carl Janzen, US Bureau of Reclamation
Regional Director David Murillo, Assistant General Manager Dina Nolan, and Director Brian Davis