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FID Pond Measurement - State of California DWR LGA Grant (AB303)

Prior to the 2012 Irrigation Season, FID installed 15 flow measuring devices fordiversions into 12 recharge and regulating basins to better monitor and measure groundwater recharge within FID. The flow measuring devices were installed at the following FID ponds: Shubin Pond, Wolf Pond, Hopps Pond, Toste Pond, Adams Waste Pond, Little Pine Flat Pond, Bier Pond, Ventura Pond, Chestnut Pond, Rice Pond, Eucalyptus Pond and North Central Pond. FID continues to experiment with electronic flow meters, specifically Doppler (MACE and Sontek) and Magnetic (Seametrics) technologies. In addition to the flow meter, each site included fabrication and installation of a security enclosure(s) and the modification of existing structure(s) or the construction of new structure(s). In addition, six pond sites included the installation of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and telemetry hardware to provide District Staff the ability to remotely monitor these locations from the Main Office. The funds for the project were part of a $250,000 grant from the California Department of Water Resources awarded to FID. The grant was provided through the Local Groundwater Management Assistance Act of 2000 (Assembly Bill 303) and was enacted to provide grants to local public agencies to conduct groundwater studies or to carry out groundwater monitoring and management activities. This project will improve measurement of FID’s groundwater recharge efforts for many years to come.


4-Year Upgrade Work Completed During Winter of 2010-11


Five years after Fresno Irrigation District voters authorized $15 million in revenue bonds with $10.5 million going toward system-wide improvements, the District completed its fourth and final year of the winter Maintenance and Facility Upgrade Plan (MFUP). The MFUP was structured in such a way that it “catches-up” on major infrastructure deficiencies and needs within the District, focusing on deferred maintenance projects and capital improvements. The capital improvements included retrofitting existing weir structures with long crested weirs and automated gates; SCADA and telemetry improvements; improved measurement at lateral headings and selected grower turnouts; construction of regulation and recharge basins; replacement of leaking pipelines; lining problematic portions of open canals; installation of automated trash racks; and improving rights-of-way along open canals. The projects were constructed by contractors as well as the District’s construction forces. Due to the specialized nature of the majority of the capital improvements, the District was able to minimize costs and construct a greater number of projects by utilizing its own construction forces.

The District constructed $15.6 million of improvements, with $10.3 million coming from bonds and the remaining funds coming from outside contributions including federal and state grants, local agencies, and utilizing District construction labor and equipment.

Summary of the construction performed during the 2010-11 maintenance season:

Regulation Basins – Improve Service to Growers & Improve Groundwater Levels

FID recently completed constructing three regulation and recharge basins which will improve water service to its constituents as well as improve groundwater levels. 

The projects include:

• Boswell Banking Facility

The Jeff Boswell Banking Facility (formerly known as Jameson Basin) consisted of expanding the existing 36 acre regulation and recharge basin to include a new 64 acre recharge basin, three recovery wells, conveyance facilities, three monitoring wells, and telemetry equipment.  The expansion will allow the District to utilize the site for water banking.  Construction of the basin was completed in February 2011 and has been accepting water since March 2011. Remainding work includes completing the three recovery wells and three monitor wells which are expected to be completed by January 2012. FID received two State grants under Prop 50 to assist in the construction of the facility totalling $3,285,365.

• Pacheco Pond

The 10 acre basin is located northeast of McKinley and Plumas avenues.  The basin will be utilized for regulation and recharge off of the Big Sandridge Canal.  Construction of the basin was completed in February 2011 and has been recharging water since March 2011.

• Pursell Pond

The 12.2 acre basin is located S/W Jefferson and Cedar avenues and is utilized as a regulation and recharge basin.  The basin was completed and started recharging water in August 2010. 


• Laterals

FID installed or improved measurement at the headgates of the following 14 laterals: 

1) Washington Headgates – new measuring device (Doppler) and automated control gates with SCADA

2) Oleander Headgates – new measuring device (Replogle Flume) with SCADA

3) American Colony – new measuring device (Doppler) with an automated canal gate and SCADA

4) Fresno Colony Headgates – automated canal gate with SCADA, to work with existing measuring device (Replogle Flume)

5) North Central Headgate – new measuring device (Doppler) with SCADA

6) Dry Creek Extension – new measuring device (Doppler) with SCADA

7) Brisco Headgate – new measuring device (propeller)

8) Huber Headgate – new measuring device (propeller)

9) Towne Headgate – new measuring device (propeller)

10) Epstein Headgate – new measuring device (Doppler) with SCADA

11) Dry Creek Headgates – upgraded hydraulic gate actuators with Rotork electric actuators to be used with existing automation and SCADA

12) Briggs Headgates – new automated gate with SCADA to be used with existing measuring station (Replogle Flume)

13) Central Wasteway Headgates – new measuring station (Replogle Flume) and SCADA

14) Vernon Drain Headgates - new measuring station (Replogle Flume) and SCADA.

• Basin Interties: 

FID received a DWR grant for $250,000 to install meters to measure diversions into FID basins. FID installed six meters and will install the remaining four during the 2011-12 maintenance season. FID installed SCADA at three of these sites. 

Improved Canal Regulation:  FID crews retrofitted 6 regulating structures with LCWs this past year. The LCWs were installed on the following canals: G-9, Garfield, Gordon (2), Oleander N. Br., and Central.   LCWs allow a large flow rate to pass with a small increase in water surface elevation upstream of the check structure. The design is simple: provide more weir length to better control upstream water levels.
One automated gate known as a Langemann Gate was installed on the Central Canal at the Dane Head. 
Canal Lining  Three hundred and forty feet (340’) of concrete canal lining was placed on the left bank of the Enterprise Canal located E/O Riverbend Avenue.  The canal has a raised bank that breached during the 2010 irrigation season.


FID continues to upgrade and invest in its infrastructure by automating key diversion points, including adding communication devices that can be remotely controlled and monitored from FID’s office. This technology is referred to as Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA), or more commonly known as Telemetry. SCADA is a valuable tool which has allowed the Water Department to better manage its water supply by making more accurate, fast, and reliable adjustments thus allowing FID to deliver a more reliable water supply to its constituents. SCADA has been placed at major diversions, bifurcations and at basins where the canal can be re-regulated. SCADA is also used during the winter months when FID is diverting storm water, recharge water to the City of Fresno’s Leaky Acres, and deliveries to the Cities Surface Water Treatment Plants. SCADA has improved FID’s overall efficiency by improving water deliveries and by decreasing maintenance costs due to less canal breaks.

Over the past 4 years as part of the Maintenance and Facility Upgrade Plan, FID has added approximatley 50 new SCADA sites (15 in 2010-11), which will bring FID’s total number of sites to 90. Of the 90 sites, 50 will be control sites and 40 will be monitor only sites.  With the addition of adding a large number of sites in areas of FID that have poor communication, FID needed to make additional upgrades including three additional master radios and antennas, upgrade existing radios and add two repeater sites. The two repeater sites will be located on the east and west side of FID, collect the data and send it back to FID’s master antenna which is located at the FID’s office.


Although development has slowed in the area, Caltrans, local agencies, and developers installed approximatley 8,500 feet (1.6 miles) of Rubber Gasketed Reinforced Concrete Pipeline valued at $1.2 million, with the majority of it being part of the Caltrans Highway 180 East project where they piped 6,150 feet of the Hansen Canal with a 42-inch Pipeline. Projects included replacing open channels and old pipelines.  

The City of Fresno is in the process of constructing a temporary Surface Water Treatment Facility (SWTF) located northwest of Dakota and Temperance avenues. The District will be delivering water through the Jefferson and Gunn Canal systems. The City funded District required improvements to the canal systems to ensure a reliable water supply as well as improved water quality which were completed in February 2011. The work included removal of existing concrete structures and lining, construction of a new headgate structure for the Jefferson Canal, automation of the Jefferson headgates, replacement of a culvert, and canal lining, Gunn headgate automation and installation of flow measurement devices and telemetry. 

Projects in 2011-12

During the upcoming maintenance season in 2011-12, FID will have a shortened window, tentatively scheduled between November 1, 2011, and February 28, 2012, to construct several projects, but the primary focus will be on maintenance. Listed below are several projects funded by FID and outside sources.
• Oleander Pond 

The future basin is located on 23 acres, northeast of Lincoln and Cedar avenues.  The basin will be utilized for regulation and recharge and future groundwater banking.  Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed prior to the 2012 irrigation season.

• Herndon West Pond 

The future basin is located on 5 acres, northwest of Ashlan and Plumas avenues.  The basin will be utilized for regulation and recharge purposes. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed prior to the 2012 irrigation season.

• Briggs Canal Improvements

FID received a $300,000 grant administered by the United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) known as the WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grant. The grant will be applied towards the Briggs Canal system located on the southeast side of FID. The project will provide improved operational control, water management and capacity for conveyance of the FID’s existing surface water supplies to its existing recharge facilities. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall and be completed prior to the 2012 irrigation season.

• Flow Meter Installations

FID will install 10-15 flowmeters at the headings of several laterals, basin interties, turnouts, and spillways.

Last Updated Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 03:56 AM.