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Merced Irrigation District

This district-wide project has included both major structural changes and hundreds of small upgrades in order to transform the entire district into an "on-demand" system with improved water level control down the Main Canal "super-highways". Project highlights include:


  • Constructing a dozen new regulating reservoirs to provide increased flexible water deliveries upstream and downstream; restart downstream flow rates at any time; simplify management operations for district personnel; and reduce spills at tail ends of laterals.
  • Improving flow measurement and control at key points.
  • Creating new pumpback, intertie, and diversion pipelines to recirculate flow variations.
  • Change the existing control directions to intentionally divert flow variations to reservoir locations.


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Merced ID

Modernization of Merced Irrigation District