The Fresno Irrigation District (FID) is a leader in California water, serving over 200,000 acres of prime agricultural farmland in Fresno County while serving the San Joaquin Valley’s largest metropolitan area, Fresno and Clovis. FID delivers surface water to the cities’ respective water treatment plants and diverts flood flows which would otherwise inundate the nearly one million residents with storm water. All of these operations occur in FID’s system of nearly 700 miles of canals and pipeline throughout the District.
In an otherwise semi-arid region, FID brings life – now and into the future – by retaining its extensive water rights on the Kings River and ensuring the resiliency and sustainability of groundwater. To achieve its mission, FID imports Kings River water and some San Joaquin River water into the region and is a long-time believer in groundwater banking and recharge. FID has built about 870 acres of groundwater recharge facilities which have recharged over 500,000 acre-feet of water into the aquifer since 2005, for agricultural and urban use alike.
The Fresno Irrigation District’s mission is to protect and manage the surface and groundwater resources of the District in order to meet the present and future needs of the people and lands within the District.