NID Board Approves West Placer Groundwater Sustainability Agency Membership

May 10, 2017

Contact:
Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Grass Valley – At the Wednesday (May 10) NID Board of Director’s meeting, a public hearing was held, and the Board adopted a resolution approving a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which will establish NID’s membership in the West Placer Groundwater Sustainability Agency (WPGSA).

Groundwater is an essential water resource, making up about 38 percent of California’s water supply. Responsible groundwater management is critical to protecting this natural resource. Today’s action taken by the Board is consistent with NID’s ongoing commitment to providing a reliable and resilient quality water supply, and continuing to be good stewards of the watersheds.

The California Sustainable Groundwater Management Act of 2014 (SGMA) requires the formation of locally-controlled Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSA) by June 30, 2017, and the development of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (GSP) by 2022.

The purpose of SGMA is to provide a buffer against drought and climate change while sustaining groundwater supplies, and is essential to a reliable water system. The Act provides a framework for sustainable, local groundwater management, and empowers local agencies to tailor their GSP to regional resources and community needs.

The WPGSA will be recognized by the State of California as the GSA responsible for implementing SGMA in a portion of the North American Sub-Basin located in western Placer County. WPGSA members will cooperatively carry out the purposes and requirements of SGMA, including the development, adoption, and implementation of a GSP.

Along with NID, the WPGSA membership will include the City of Lincoln, the City of Roseville, the Placer County Water Agency, The County of Placer, and the Cal American Water Company.

“The District looks forward to contributing technical expertise and funding to basin management activities, and to represent our customers within the boundary overlap,” said NID Operations Manager Chip Close. “This will continue our goal to more effectively manage our natural resources.”

Additional information on the WPGSA, including documents regarding GSA activities, can be found at: http://westplacergroundwater.com.

In other business, Board Members:

  • awarded a $647,912 contract with Hansen Bros. Enterprises for the Maben Canal Rehabilitation Project for rehabilitation of the 2,500-foot Maben Canal segment between Highway 49 and Lime Kiln Road.
  • awarded a $1,355,770 for construction of the final segments of the Shale Ridge Tanks Transmission Line project. This project will address water quality issues and directly connect the Shale Ridge tanks that support the North Auburn Water Treatment Plant.
  • adopted a Resolution to amend administrative policies pertaining to providing audio recordings of District Board meetings to be indexed and posted on NID’s website.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at the NID Business Center located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley. NID Board meetings are open to the public.

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