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Press Releases

MID appoints Ed Franciosa as General Manager

The Modesto Irrigation District (MID) Board of Directors announced on Thursday, March 24 the appointment of Ed Franciosa to serve as the District's General Manager. Franciosa will fill this position following the resignation of Bill Schwandt who served as MID's General Manager for the last fifteen months

Colored dye in canals to monitor water flow

Periodically throughout the irrigation season, Modesto Irrigation District (MID) applies Rhodamine WT, a harmless dye, to our canals to aid with water flow monitoring. As a result of the Rhodamine WT application, the water in the canals could be red, green, yellow or blue in color.

Modesto Irrigation District promotes Jimi Netniss to Assistant General Manager of Finance

Modesto Irrigation District (MID) has promoted Jimi Netniss to serve as the District's next Assistant General Manager (AGM) of Finance. Netniss succeeds Scott Van Vuren who has served as AGM of Finance since 2013 and is retiring this week following a 24-year tenure with MID.

MID and TID seek additional water rights to benefit customers, communities and environment

Responding to the impacts of climate change and other stressors, Modesto Irrigation District and Turlock Irrigation District filed a water rights application with the State Water Resources Control Board to capture unappropriated flood waters from the Tuolumne River and put them to beneficial use.

2022 Water Rights Application

MID to resume late fees & disconnections

In April 2022, the Modesto Irrigation District (MID) will be reactivating late fees and disconnection notices for non-payment. If you are behind on your monthly payments, we encourage you to contact MID’s Customer Service Department and create a payment plan that can help get you back on track.

Help available to manage your electric bill

MID understands that customers may be facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 and we’re here to help. Learn more about the payment plans, financial assistance programs and community resources that are available.

Modesto Irrigation District appoints former leader of Moorhead Public Service as General Manager

The Modesto Irrigation District (MID) Board of Directors appointed Bill Schwandt as the District's General Manager during their November 10 Board meeting.

California water issues documentary premieres Labor Day weekend (PDF)

"Until the Last Drop," a feature-length documentary filmed along the banks of the Merced, Tuolumne, Stanislaus and San Joaquin Rivers premieres virtually Labor Day weekend 2020. In this probing film, MID along with Final Cut Media examine the rivers that have transformed the San Joaquin Valley, helped create cities and nourish the world.

Tuolumne agencies' statement on voluntary agreements (PDF)

Following Governor Newsom's February 4, 2020 CalMatters editorial "California must get past differences on water. Voluntary agreements are the path forward," MID, Turlock Irrigation District and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission released a joint statement..

MID continues to defend its rates in court (PDF)

The MID Board of Directors unanimously agreed to move forward with the next phase of litigation in the Hobbs vs. MID lawsuit regarding the District's electric rates.

MID recognized as a Reliable Public Power Provider (PDF)

MID has earned a Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) designation from the American Public Power Association for providing reliable and safe electric service.