Costa Announces Nearly $300,000 for Merced Irrigation District
Merced, CA – Rep. Jim Costa announced that $297,977 in federal funding from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is being awarded to the Merced Irrigation Direction (MID). The funding will go toward developing a Drought Protection Water Management Model. The model will help MID prepare for future droughts by enabling them to better predict and respond to drought conditions.
“Data collection is imperative when it comes to understanding best practices for water conservation and management,” said Rep. Costa. “This Drought Protection Water Management Model will improve the Merced Irrigation District’s ability to track where their water is going, so more water can be made available to Central Valley farmers and farm communities. My Congressional colleagues and I are working hard to pass federal drought legislation before the rainy season begins, and every day we pray for rain this winter and snow in the mountains. In the meantime, it is vital that California’s local water districts have the best and most modern tools to manage and conserve water, and this funding provides additional resources to MID so they are better equipped for drought conditions.”
"This funding will allow the District to improve modeling that is intended to increase the reliability of water supply and sustainability, enhance water management and increase operational flexibility while also providing benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment,” said Mike Jensen, MID Public and Government Relations Manager. “We appreciate this federal grant funding and Rep. Costa’s advocacy for the District.”
This grant is made available through the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program, which focuses on improving water conservation and sustainability and helps water resource managers with decision making related to water use.