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MID files lawsuit to protect water supply

Merced Irrigation District has filed a lawsuit challenging the emergency drought curtailments issued by the State Water Resources Control Board last month. The lawsuit intends to protect MID water rights, local growers and multiple disadvantaged communities in eastern Merced County. “As requested by Governor Newsom, we attempted to work…

MID’s Centennial Celebration lights up Courthouse

The entire Merced Irrigation District staff, it seemed, mobilized and literally took over the Merced County Courthouse Museum for MID’s Centennial Celebration and exhibit opening last Thursday. A large gathering of people from all walks of life were treated to an amazing event, both inside and outside of the museum. The Marchini…

Building the original Exchequer Dam

Construction on the original Exchequer Dam began in 1924. Bent Bros. was the general contractor of the dam and power house, and F. Rolandi was awarded the contract for the relocation of 16.7 miles of the Yosemite Valley Railroad. In the middle photo above, you can see the railroad in the foreground, and the south spillway excavation…

An irrigation district begins to take shape

The effort to start an irrigation district in eastern Merced County began as early as 1913, but it took several years for the organization to begin to take shape. In 1917, the newly formed Merced County Farm Bureau launched an irrigation district exploratory committee. By 1919, Merced Irrigation District was established with C. M. Cross…

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