About Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District
The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District provides flood control and urban storm water services in a 399-square mile watershed located between the Kings and San Joaquin Rivers. The District is home to roughly 690,000 people and includes both urban and agricultural land uses. The Fresno/Clovis urban area is served by a system of roughly 700 miles of pipeline and more than 150 stormwater retention basins. Capital facilities are funded through local development ordinances and operations are funded through a limited voter authorized tax. The District also provides Clean Water Act compliance assistance to businesses and industries that are subject to stormwater related regulations.
A completed system of stormwater management facilities providing multiple quality-of-life benefits to our community.
It is the purpose of the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District to control storm and other surface water flows:
- Preventing property damage, personal injury and inconvenience; and
- Managing such waters for long-term beneficial use within the District
District objectives shall be achieved through adherence to the following standards:
- Performance excellence by District employees and contractors; and
- Environmental and economic sensitivity; and
- Maximized public benefit through multiple use of District facilities
About special districts
Special districts are the most common form of local government throughout the State of California. According to the State’s Little Hoover Commission, “…there are more than 4,500 special districts which operate airports, harbors, cemeteries, hospitals, libraries and parks, and provide fire-fighting and paramedic services, flood control and water delivery throughout California. Of those, 2,993 are independent special districts [like the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District] run by elected or appointed boards with assistance of professional staffs. In contrast, there are 58 counties and 482 cities, making special districts the most common form of government in California.” To learn more about what makes special districts so special, visit the California Special District Association’s ‘Districts Make The Difference’ website, www.districtsmakethedifference.org.