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Flood Control and Water Conservation Agency

About the Agency

The Madera County Flood Control and Water Conservation Agency (MCFCWCA) was founded by the State Legislature in 1969 to construct, operate, and plan flood control, water supply, drainage, and groundwater recharge projects. The MCFCWCA is a special district, with the Madera County Board of Supervisors serving as the Board of Directors of the MCFCWCA. The Madera County Department of Water and Natural Resources staffs the MCFCWCA.

Supervisor David Rogers overlooking a high flowing waterway from a bridge.

Flood Control and Water Rights

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is the agency responsible for administering water rights throughout California. This includes appropriative rights for the beneficial use of water. The SWRCB has developed a fact sheet on flood flow diversions and water rights permitting needs for groundwater recharge projects:

The Water and Natural Resources Department responsibilities include floodplain administrative activities that entail the following:

  • Ensuring compliance with state and Federal levee maintenance requirements
  • Educating the community about reducing flood risks
  • Administering the state Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit for unincorporated Madera County.
  • Administering the County’s Special Flood Hazard Ordinance as required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to remain eligible for coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
  • MCFCWCA FAQs 8/16/2022

County Floodplain Management Regulations

The Madera County Floodplain Management Regulations can be found in Chapter 14.60 of the Madera County Code of Ordinances.


Truck on top of earthen levee.

FEMA Information

Information for Homeowners and Renters

View or download your Flood Hazard map from FEMA’s Map Service Center

Information For Claims Adjusters

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