The Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District’s mission is to secure water from all sources in order to provide water to lands within the District, primarily for irrigation purposes. Additionally, CMID pursuit all lawful activity that supports, sustains, promotes, and advances the economic viability of irrigated agriculture within its boundaries.
Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District, as a political subdivision created under the Arizona Constitution and statutes, performs its governmental and ancillary functions through its agent, the Cortaro Water Users’ Association.
Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District (CMID) serves the agricultural irrigation needs of the Marana, Avra Valley and Cortaro communities. The District owns approximately 65 miles of pipelines and canals, providing irrigation water to more than 10,000 acres of farmland. The District also offers water storage and non-potable service within its service area.
The District played an instrumental role in the formation of the Town of Marana. The municipality was incorporated in 1977 to protect the area’s farming industry and vital water resources. As the area has continued to experience significant urban growth, the district is committed to maintaining a healthy irrigation district to ensure the long-term viability of the region.
Today, the Cortaro-Marana Irrigation District continues a rich history of providing irrigation water throughout this fertile region, which produces cotton, wheat, corn, alfalfa, lettuce, barley and other crops. The impact of these agricultural products extends to the far reaches of the globe, including China and Europe.