Gary Bursey, board vice president of Madera Irrigation District, stands on a natural berm to Gravelly Ford, at right, on land planned for a water bank. In wet years, the district would pipe in extra water from area rivers.
Gary Bursey, board vice president of Madera Irrigation District, stands on a natural berm to Gravelly Ford, at right, on land planned for a water bank. In wet years, the district would pipe in extra water from area rivers. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA / THE FRESNO BEE
Gary Bursey, board vice president of Madera Irrigation District, stands on a natural berm to Gravelly Ford, at right, on land planned for a water bank. In wet years, the district would pipe in extra water from area rivers. ERIC PAUL ZAMORA / THE FRESNO BEE