MID to sponsor Canal Safety Day Sunday, May 15, at Lake Yosemite

The Merced Irrigation District said it’s sponsoring the first-ever Water and Canal Safety Day at Lake Yosemite on Sunday, May 15.

The event will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. It will include a host of demonstrations and information about water and canal safety, as well as various prize giveaways. KUBB Country 96.3 will broadcast live from Lake Yosemite and also provide prizes.

Among those participating are the Merced County McKee Fire Station, Merced County Sheriff’s Department, the California Highway Patrol and the American Red Cross. The event is also supported by the Merced County Parks and Recreation Department and Costco. MID maintains more than 800 miles of canals in Merced County delivering irrigation water to 2,200 growers. Irrigation canals are especially dangerous because of the fast-moving, cold water combined with steep and slippery banks. Hidden dangers are also present, such as garbage, broken glass, gates and pipes, MID said in a news release.