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.

MID Water Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2016 Press Release

MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT COMPLETES ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL BOND REFUNDING

 

The Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) recently completed a bond refunding of the District’s 2008 Bonds. By refunding these bonds and including a District contribution, the District will realize an annual savings of nearly $1.0 million.  This annual savings will continue over the next 20 years through the remaining life of the bonds, which is scheduled to end in 2038.  Thomas Greci, General Manager stated, “An annual savings of close to $1.0 million is significant to the District and our annual budgeting process. This will allow the District to direct expenditures into projects and programs that will advance the mission of the District without increasing the District’s overall budget.”  The refunding resulted in an immense net present value savings of 26.7% of the prior bond principal, with a net cashflow savings of approximately $13.3 million.  To put that in perspective, the bond market considers a net present value savings of 3% to be satisfactory.  

The District closed the refunding of the MID Water Revenue Refunding Bonds, Series 2016 on September 15, 2016.  The District’s Board of Directors opted to take advantage of the excellent market conditions for the bond refunding.  “The Board looked at many options related to the contributions and structure of this refunding, the Board is very pleased with the results.  A $1.0 million savings to our District’s annual budget will be a benefit to all landowners in MID” stated Carl Janzen, Board President.

Thomas Greci, General Manager stated, “Over the last two years the District has been able to reduce its outstanding debt by over $34 million through the refunding of the 2011 Bonds in 2015 and the 2008 Bonds in 2016. The District’s Board and Management continue to strive for ways to further the District’s position during even the most challenging water years.”

 

Bond Refunding Graphic

 

2016 Water Season

MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT TO EXTEND 2016 WATER SEASON

Madera Irrigation District (District or MID) will lengthen its 2016 water season an additional three to five weeks.  With increased allocations and supplemental supplies secured by the District, the District anticipates surface water deliveries will continue through late August as opposed to late July as was originally projected. 

MID began delivering water to its growers on March 20, 2016.  With increases to the allocations from the United State Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) throughout the season and acquisitions of additional supplies through various programs, MID will be able to extend service to its customers with a delivery season of approximately five months.  The 2016 water season will be the longest season for the District in five years. 

“MID is determined to maximize the availability of surface water supplies to our growers.  These additional supplies and extended water season will help to preserve and enhance our groundwater resources. MID strongly encourages its growers to take advantage of this opportunity to utilize surface water supplies while they are available” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager. 

The current water rates are $120 per acre foot for Original District users and $340 per acre foot for Subordinate users.  


MID Awarded Two Grants

MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT AWARDED TWO UNITED STATES BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
WATERSMART GRANTS TOTALING OVER $870,000

In January 2016, Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) staff prepared two applications for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency grant program.  On June 23, 2016, MID was notified that both projects were approved and would receive a total of $873,161 in Federal funds.

The first application titled “Irrigation Water Conservation and Canal Automation Improvement Project” will expand the District’s existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system by installing 14 new solar-powered automated gates and meters throughout the District.  The gates and meters can be remotely monitored and controlled by smart phones and are programmed to automatically open and close to maintain a constant flow within +/- 2.5% accuracy, regardless of varying upstream water level.  Upon completion, the project is estimated to conserve 3,600 acre-feet on average each year.

The second application titled “Lateral 24.2-17.0 Pipeline Improvement Project” will underground approximately 6,500 feet of the existing Lateral 24.2-17.0 canal into a 36” pipeline to reduce seepage.  Additionally, a small basin will be constructed to capture spill water and manage recharge within the District.  Once constructed, the project is estimated to conserve 1,750 acre-feet on average each year.

The projects will be constructed outside of the irrigation season to avoid service interruption and are scheduled to be fully operational by October 2018.  For more information, please contact the MID Engineering staff at (559) 673-3514.


Allocation Increased to 65 Percent

RECLAMATION INCREASES THE FRIANT DIVISION 2016 CLASS 1 WATER SUPPLY ALLOCATION TO 65 PERCENT

The Bureau of Reclamation announces an additional increase in the water supply allocation to the Friant Division contractors of their Class 1 water from 50 to 65 percent. The initial Friant Division water supply allocation announced on April 1, 2016, was 30 percent Class 1water supply; an additional 100,000 acre-feet of Uncontrolled Season supply was made available to avert flood control concerns and needed to be delivered by the end of April. The Class 1 water supply allocation was subsequently increased from 30 to 40 percent on April 11, 2016, and from 40 to 50 percent on April 21, 2016, pursuant to prior notifications to Friant Division contractors.

Class 1 is generally considered the supply which can be dependably managed through storage regulation over the season and delivered at the contractor’s convenience. The Class 1 supply will continue to be reassessed at weekly intervals until further notice.


 

MID Groundwater Forum & Growers Meeting

MID GROUNDWATER FORUM AND GROWERS MEETING HELD APRIL 28, 2016

The MID Groundwater Forum and Growers Meeting was held on April 28, 2016 at the Madera Fairgrounds.  Over 160 people attended the annual event.  Dan McManus, Supervising Geologist at the Department of Water Resources presented at the Groundwater Forum.  His presentation can be found here.   MID Assistant General Manager Dina Nolan's presentation from the Groundwater Forum can be found here. 

During the Growers Meeting, General Manager Thomas Greci and Friant North Authority's Executive Officer David Orth presented.  The presentation can be found here.   

The District would like to thank the Madera County 4-H Leaders Council for preparing a delicious lunch.  The District would also like to thank Panoche Creek and Minturn Nut Co. for the almond donations.  


MID Receives Increased Water Allocation

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION INCREASES WATER ALLOCATION TO FRIANT DIVISION CONTRACTORS

The Bureau of Reclamation announced an increased allocation to the Friant Division contractors of Class 1 water supply from 40 to 50 percent on April 21, 2016. The initial Friant Division water supply allocation announced on April 1, 2016, was 30 percent Class 1 water supply and an additional 100,000 acre-feet of Uncontrolled Season supply to be scheduled and delivered by the end of April. The Class 1 water supply allocation was subsequently increased from 30 to 40 percent pursuant to Reclamation’s April 11, 2016, notification to Friant Division contractors.

The MID Board of Directors approved a revised Crop Water Distribution Policy on April 27, 2016. The Revised Crop Water Distribution Policy can be found here.   Growers are encouraged to sign up for water. A late penalty fee will be imposed beginning June 1, 2016.


 

Press Release - Madera Ranch Permits

MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT WILL NOT RENEW MADERA RANCH WATER BANK PERMITS

With much deliberation and consideration, the Madera Irrigation District (MID or District) Board of Directors made the decision at its April 19, 2016, Board Meeting not to pursue the renewal or renegotiation of permits obtained in the 2005-2011 timeframe for the Madera Ranch Water Bank (otherwise known as the Water Supply Enhancement Project). 

“Although MID is continuing to explore various opportunities for the Madera Ranch property, including potential water banking opportunities, the previous permits obtained by the District were for a project conceptualized in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.  The environmental, engineering, and permitting world has changed significantly since these permits were negotiated and obtained.  Additionally, many of the permits had requirements that were unattainable and cost prohibitive,” explained Thomas Greci, General Manager. 

“This was not a decision that was taken lightly” stated Carl Janzen, MID Board President. “The Board believes it is in the District’s best interest to let the permits expire, as opposed to investing significant District funds and time in renewing permits for an infeasible project as was contemplated in the permits.” 

The Board also directed staff to continue to explore new opportunities with the property that will provide direct benefits to the District and its growers.  “The District is committed to engage in a transparent, organized process to ensure the District’s growers are informed of the direction for the property and welcomes input from its growers on the topic” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager. 

Madera Ranch is located in southwest Madera County approximately four miles southwest of the City of Madera. Madera Irrigation District purchased the Madera Ranch in 2005.  In 2008, MID sold approximately 2,700 acres of cultivated land to Grimmway Farms.  The District continues to own and operate the remaining 10,896 acres of grazing land.


Press Release - MID To Start Water Deliveries Next Week

MADERA IRRIGATION DISTRICT TO START WATER DELIVERIES NEXT WEEK

On Friday, March 18, 2016 the Madera Irrigation District (District or MID) received its first allocation since 2013 from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).  This special allocation will allow Madera Irrigation District to begin water deliveries to all areas of the District beginning as early as March 25, 2016.

“MID’s Board of Directors and staff are extremely encouraged by this initial allocation of water.  We are excited about the ability to deliver surface water throughout our District after many years with extremely limited supplies.  MID hopes all District growers take advantage of this opportunity to utilize high quality surface water, helping to reduce the strain on the groundwater aquifer.” stated Thomas Greci, General Manager. 

Madera Irrigation District is currently accepting Crop Water Applications and will begin accepting water orders on Monday, March 21, 2016.  The MID Board of Directors set a competitive water rate to encourage all users to begin taking deliveries, $120 per acre foot for Original District users and $240 per acre foot for Subordinate users.  The District is urging all growers with the ability to take surface water to do so between now and April 30, 2016 as the extent of this water season is unknown; there is high likelihood that the cost and availability of water could change as of May 1, 2016 due to USBR operations.


GSA Public Hearing

Notice of Public Hearing

 Election to become a Groundwater Sustainability Agency

under the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, pursuant to Water Code Section 10723, the Madera Irrigation District (“District”) will hold a public hearing during a special meeting on March 31, 2016, commencing at 9:00 a.m. at the District’s office at 12152 Road 28 ¼, Madera, CA, to determine whether the District will become a Groundwater Sustainability Agency (GSA) for a portion of the Madera Subbasin of the San Joaquin Valley Groundwater Basin.  Written comments may be submitted to the District, Attn: Andrea Sandoval, Board Secretary, no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 30, 2016, to the District’s office or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  During the hearing, the District will allow oral comments and will receive additional written comments before making decision.  The President of the Board may limit oral comments to a reasonable length.

Dated:  March 12, 2016, Thomas Greci, General Manager    

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"Donuts & Discussion" Event

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State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program

CDFA announces funding for SWEEP

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) began accepting applications on Nov. 20 for the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). 

An estimated $16 million will be available for competitive grant funding to provide financial assistance to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations.

Prospective applicants may access the "Application Guidelines" at www.cdfa.ca.gov/go/SWEEP for detailed information on eligibility and program requirements. The application deadline is Jan. 8, 2016.

For more information, click here.

Source: Fresno County Farm Bureau Ag Wire: December 3, 2015