BENEFITS TO OUR COMMUNITY
The Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District (CMID) has protected the water rights of the Cortaro-Marana community for more than 100 years. Our commitment to preserve these water rights assures our water supply for current and future development.
CMID is the largest groundwater savings facility in the Tucson Active Management Area. The District partners with other providers to store a portion of their annual recharge water, providing significant savings to these providers who are required to meet the Arizona Department of Water Resources’ (ADWR) annual requirements.
Central Arizona Project (CAP) water is recharged over District lands, with the water being stored underground for future use over the next 100 years.
Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District is the only location for direct use of effluent produced within the community and treated by Pima County.
Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District also provides suitable habitat for a variety of species, including small mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and insects.
Crops grown in the District have a local and global impact. In fact, Arizona is one of the country’s leading producers of cotton, which is shipped around the world for textile and other uses.
Other crops, including alfalfa, wheat, barley, sorghum, black beans, peppers, hay and pumpkins make their way into the local community and around the world. Local farmers also produce hay and grazing crops for dairy cows, which produce milk and dairy products within the District.
In addition to the agricultural impact of the Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District, our farmers buy local products, services and equipment to maintain their farming activity. Farming operations provide vital employment within the local community and have a significant, positive impact on the area’s economy.