THE MISSION OF MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT is to obtain and manage affordable surface water and groundwater supplies in a manner which will ensure the long-term viability of irrigated agriculture in the District.


Last week Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) began receiving water from Millerton Lake (Friant Dam) and Hensley Lake (Hidden Dam) to alleviate flood potential and begin groundwater recharge efforts.  After five years of reduced water supplies, including two years of zero allocations, the District has opted to deliver water free of charge to District landowners.  The Board of Directors, at the District’s January 10, 2017 Board Meeting, made the decision to allow District landowners to take surface water at no charge through January 20, 2017.  After January 20, 2017, the rate will be set at the reduced price of $40.00 per acre foot for Original District landowners and $80.00 per acre foot for Subordinate landowners. 


“It has been challenging over the last few years to manage severe drought conditions, the District recognizes the need to capture and use as much surface water as possible when it is present.  The District is currently routing surface water for recharge purposes into newly rehabilitated basins and is promoting the use of surface water on lands within the District to prevent the loss of the water.  The primary opportunity for us to mitigate groundwater overdraft in Madera is to capture and use as much surface water as possible when it is available” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager. 


“MID’s Board of Directors encourages all District landowners to take advantage of this opportunity provided by the District to receive water at no charge.  The Board of Directors wanted to acknowledge the water supply challenges landowners faced over the last few years and promote the utilization of this very valuable resource while it is available” stated Jim Erickson, MID Board President.   

Madera Irrigation District is currently accepting Crop Water Applications and water orders.  The District is urging all growers with the ability to take surface water to do so between now and January 20, 2017 as the extent of this water availability is unknown.  To sign up or to order water please contact the office at 559-673-3514 or at Madera Irrigation District, 12152 Road 28 ¼, Madera, CA. 

Basin Photo Press Release

 MID takes advantage of available water for recharge efforts in basins throughout the District.





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District landowners taking advantage of the available surface water.