NID Water Sales: Down in the Drought
February 24, 2016
or: Dave Carter
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
NID Water Sales:
Down in the Drought
GRASS VALLEY – Nevada Irrigation District water sales were down by $3.1 million during 2015 as district customers conserved water during continued drought conditions, it was reported at Wednesday’s (Feb. 24) meeting of the NID Board of Directors.
In a report to the board, NID Finance Manager Marvin Davis said the revenue loss was significant but that it was balanced by increased hydroelectric generation revenues under the district’s new power sale agreement with PG&E and a reduction in budgeted expenditures.
General Manager Rem Scherzinger said the district is likely facing another year of reduced sales. He said Gov. Brown’s recent drought extension to October 2016 will probably bring a 32 percent or more annual conservation mandate (based on 2013 baseline levels) to NID. NID and its customers have achieved a 31 percent conservation rate since the mandates were implemented.
Meanwhile, NID’s water outlook continues to show modest improvements. District water storage is up to 195,000 acre-feet, which is 74 percent of capacity. Seasonal precipitation at Bowman Reservoir is 48.75 inches, or 108 percent of average for this time of year, and the snowpack water content is trending near average with updated measurements expected Mar. 1.
In other business, NID directors:
• authorized staff to apply for a $315,000 Sierra Nevada Conservancy grant for continued fire safety improvements on the southwest side of Scotts Flat Reservoir. NID and CalFire have been working to reduce forest fuels and increase fire safety on district property around the reservoir. The cleared vegetation is proposed to be utilized as biomass fuels for local energy production.
• nominated NID General Manager Rem Scherzinger for reelection to the Board of Directors, Region 3, of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA).
• previewed the new website that has been established for the NID Centennial Reservoir project. For information about the water storage project, see www.CentennialReservoir.org.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Mar. 23 at the NID Business Center, 1036 West Main St., in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.