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NID Takes Action at Scott’s Flat Reservoir for Public Safety

Contact:
Greg Jones
(530) 271-6826

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID Takes Action at Scott’s Flat Reservoir for Public Safety

The Nevada Irrigation District is installing exclusion fencing across the top of and along the edge of the Scott’s Flat spillway. In recent months, NID has experienced increased public safety concerns in and around the spillway, including illegal camping sites in the spillway, unsafe campfire remains throughout the area, excessive trash and debris remnants from use, and other access and operational concerns surrounding dam safety. In addition, NID has experienced increased vandalism to timber operator equipment and illegal vehicle travel from Pasquale Road to the reservoir.

NID has had open access across Scott’s Flat spillway for years, and regrets that the actions of the few violators impede the enjoyment of many. In addition to the fencing of the spillway and closure of illegal roads off Pasquale, NID will continue to monitor security cameras to ensure the safety of the dam, spillway, powerhouse and surrounding area. The protection and safety of the public and our resources are essential to the District and the community at large.

NID August 9 Board Meeting

Contact:

Greg Jones
530-273-6185

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NID August 9 Board Meeting

Grass Valley, CA – August 10, 2017 – On August 9, The Nevada Irrigation District held a special Board of Directors meeting to allow Board members to attend the opening ceremonies of the Nevada County Fair.  Present were President Nick Wilcox, Vice President William Morebeck, alongside directors Nancy Weber, John H. Drew, and Scott Miller.
The General Manager reported total acre feet of storage at 232,669.  Water conservation among District customers during the heat of July was 19% over 2013 levels.  NID appreciates all of our customers for conserving critical water during this record-breaking heat.
NID’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve Resolution #2017-24, a preliminary funding application to the California Water Commission for the Centennial Reservoir proposed project.  The application, at the request of the CWC, is intended to gauge interest in potential Proposition 1 funding requests from California stakeholders.  The resolution and application is not a guarantee or offer of funding, but rather an administrative requirement from the State.  Those in attendance voiced concern regarding the potential to connect Proposition 1 funds with out-of-district water sales.  In light of public comments, the Board unanimously provided direction to the General Manager to not transfer water outside the District as part of a Proposition 1 grant.
In other agenda actions, the Board unanimously approved an agreement allowing participation by California American Water in the West Placer Groundwater Sustainability Agency.  NID joined the West Placer Groundwater Sustainability Agency in 2017 to collaborate and create the Western Placer County Groundwater Management Plan (GMP).  A GMP is a requirement of AB 3030 and SB 1938 in order to maintain a safe, sustainable, and high quality groundwater resource to meet backup, emergency, and peak demands without adversely affecting other groundwater uses within Western Placer County.
The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 13 at the NID Business Center located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley. NID Board meetings are open to the public.  The meeting of August 23 has been cancelled.

NID July 12th Board Meeting Highlights

Contact:
Greg Jones
530-273-6185
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NID July 12th Board Meeting Highlights

Grass Valley, CA – July 12, 2017 – On Jul 12th, The Nevada Irrigation District held a board of directors meeting to discuss upcoming projects around water conservation. Present were President Nick Wilcox, Vice President William Morebeck, alongside directors Nancy Weber, John H. Drew, and Scott Miller.

The General Manager reported total acre feet of storage at 249,672, which is 114% of average.  Water conservation among District customers year to date is 22% over 2013 levels.  Precipitation as of June 30 at Bowman Lake is 136” or 202% of average ending the 2nd wettest year on record.

NID’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve an addition to section 4.06.03 of the District’s Water Service Rules and Regulations. This provision, in response to anticipated new state water budget regulations and County zoning ordinances, will create a new customer category for treated water agricultural production.  The provision will require treated water customers engaged in commercial/production agriculture to install a dedicated agriculture meter in addition to a residential use meter. The new smart meters will help treated water agricultural customers reduce operational costs in anticipation of new state regulations governing water use allocations.  Separating domestic residential treated water use from agricultural treated water use will not only minimize potential fines to customers, it will better inform water use needs throughout the District. NID hopes this additional customer category will allow commercial/production agriculture customers to utilize the treated water necessary to sustain agricultural lands.

NID contractor, AECOM, presented Phase III of the preliminary geotechnical investigation for the Centennial Reservoir project. The report, although preliminary, indicates strong bedrock foundation and suitability for the Centennial Dam. The report discussed a construction estimate of $256 million with anticipated construction timeline of 2.5 years. The Centennial Draft EIS is expected to be available for public review and comment by January 2018. More information on the proposed project is posted on NID’s website at www.centennialreservoir.com.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26th at the NID Business Center located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley. NID Board meetings are open to the public.

California Passes Budget & Funding for NID Mercury Project

Contact:
Greg Jones
(530) 273-6185

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

California Passes Budget & Funding for NID Mercury Project

Grass Valley – Governor Brown has approved the 2017 – 2018 budget, and with it a Proposition 13 appropriation of $6.13 million to treat and remove mercury laden sediment from NID’s Combie Reservoir. The project, in partnership with DWR’s Riverine Stewardship Program, will assess the scaling of new technology and methodologies to remove sediment and mercury from reservoirs and to determine its financial and technical feasibility in an effort that may prove useful to similar 303(d) listed reservoir sites within the Bay Delta area and other California watersheds.

Mercury was introduced to the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the Gold Rush period of the 1800’s and used to process mining ore for gold. Much of the mercury from those days has remained and has led to wide-spread contamination of sediments throughout the Sierra and Central Valley watersheds.

Project funding has been appropriated from the Proposition 13 Bay-Delta Multipurpose Water Management Program through the generous support from the Department of Water Resources under the leadership of Secretary John Laird. This project will help implement both Governor Jerry Brown’s Water Action Plan and the goals of Proposition 13 by restoring water storage capacity in an existing surface water reservoir, removing mercury from the Bear River watershed, and creating long-term benefits to downstream aquatic habitat.

This three year project is anticipated to begin in the summer of 2017. Thank you to our project partners, including the USGS, The Sierra Fund, the Cosumnes-American-Bear-Yuba Integrated Regional Water Management Group (CABY) and Teichert Aggregates for their support.

NID “Thank You” to Customers as South Yuba Canal Resumes Operations

Contact:
Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:repairs-2

Grass Valley – The Nevada Irrigation District extends a sincere “thank you” to treated and agriculture water customers for their extraordinary conservation efforts during the past month while repairs were underway on Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) South Yuba Canal.

The canal serves the Deer Creek Powerhouse and is a main water conveyance facility for NID, supplying water throughout Nevada County. Significant damage to the canal was caused by a landslide during an unusually rainy February, creating a breach and interrupting service. Continued wet weather through April caused repair delays for PG&E.

To ensure adequate supply, NID had requested a temporary water use reduction during May, and district customers stepped up to the challenge. Voluntary cutbacks eliminated the need for mandatory reduction measures. Water is again flowing through the canal and regular deliveries have resumed.

NID would also like to recognize the hard-working crews at PG&E, for allocating the necessary resources and putting in extraordinary hours to repair the canal within the targeted time frame, amidst increment, and at times, extreme weather conditions.

NID’s Kids Triathlon Saturday!

Contact:
Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

Grass Valley – NID presents the 4th annual Kids Triathlon on Saturday, May 20, 2017, at the Orchard Springs Campground on Rollins Lake. NID is committed to providing outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities at District reservoirs, and the triathlon allows youth and families in our community to enjoy the Sierras while connecting through fitness and fun.

The event begins at 8:00 am and is open to kids aged 6-15 years. Race packets will be available from 7:00 am to 7:45 am.

• Ages 6-10 years will swim 50 meters, bike 4 miles, and run 1 mile
• Ages 11-15 years will swim 150 meters, bike 4 miles, and run 1 mile

The entry fee is $40 and registration is required prior to the day of the race. A portion of the fees collected will go toward the Bierwagen Interpretive Site Project at the Orchard Springs Campground.

To participate, please contact NID’s Senior Park Ranger, Jim Pelton at (530) 575-5401, or reyes@nidwater.com.

NID Supports Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

Contact:
Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

NID Supports Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

Grass Valley – NID encourages area residents to attend and take advantage of the annual Spring Plant Sale held by the University of California Master Gardeners of Nevada County. The event takes place on Saturday, May 13, between 9:00 am and noon, at the NID Business grounds, located at 1036 West Main Street in Grass Valley.mg-photo

NID and the University of California formed a partnership in 1991 to establish a garden to demonstrate sustainable landscape techniques for home gardeners. NID installed and maintains water lines and electricity, and Master Gardeners plan, install and maintain the garden.

The purpose of the partnership is to support regional biodiversity, conserve resources, and minimize pollution and waste. Master Gardeners apply their expertise with a focus on climate and soil adapted plants for the Sierra foothills. The partnership also furthers the District’s ongoing dedication to conscientious landscaping and gardening techniques.

“We encourage the public to get here early,” said Ann Wright, Master Gardeners’ public information representative. “Over 7,000 plants will be available, including fifty varieties of tomatoes and twenty varieties of peppers; it’s a lot of fun!”

Please visit the UC Master Gardeners of Nevada County website for more information: http://ncmg.ucanr.org/

“No Motor Day” at Scotts Flat Lake

Contact:
Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Grass Valley – NID presents the annual “No Motor Day” at Scotts Flat Lake on Sunday, May 21, 2017. This event offers the opportunity to experience the quiet beauty of Scotts Flat Lake.

Featured activities for No Motor Day include:

• Free admission for non-motorized watercraft

• Free kayaking & paddleboard demonstrations with Mountain Recreation of Grass Valley from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

• Open house and free sailboat rides with Gold Country Yacht Club from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

• Fundraiser luncheon with Boy Scout Troop No. 4 from 11:30 am – 4:00 pm

Vehicle admission is $10, which includes up to four people.

For more information, contact NID Recreation at (530) 265-8861.

NID Board Approves West Placer Groundwater Sustainability Agency Membership

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.

NID Requests Temporary Water Use Reduction for Portions of Nevada County

Contact:
Chip Close
(530) 273-6185
or: Susan Holt(530) 271-6735

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Flume

Grass Valley – The effects from one of the wettest years on record are still being felt. Heavy rains in early February created a landslide that caused significant damage to Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) South Yuba Canal in the Lowell Hill area east of Nevada City. The canal is owned and operated by PG&E and serves the Deer Creek Powerhouse; in addition it is one of the main water conveyance facilities for Nevada Irrigation District (NID), supplying homes, businesses, farms, and ranches throughout Nevada County. The slide caused a section of the elevated canal to break free of its footings, creating a breach and interrupting service.

PG&E notified NID and identified plans to restore the South Yuba Canal after the landslide took out approximately 100 feet of flume in early February. Following the discovery, NID declared a state of emergency to help expedite repairs to the damaged flume to minimize the impacts to customers. PG&E’s work to restore the canal has diligently continued on steep and shifting terrain during ongoing winter storms into April. Unfortunately, the continued wet weather through April has caused delays to the restoration schedule.

NID has been utilizing all available supplies and numerous pumping facilities to keep pace with customer demand. These measures have provided adequate flows, but may not be sustainable as natural runoff dwindles.

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Repairs Under Way

To maintain adequate water supply, NID is asking the community for a 25% voluntary reduction in usage from May 15 until May 31 when the canal is expected to return to service.

NID is asking treated water customers in and around Grass Valley and Nevada City to limit outdoor watering. Agricultural customers located in the Chicago Park/ Alta Sierra/Penn Valley area and down the Highway 49 corridor are also asked to limit their water use wherever possible.

“The District thanks you for your efforts in conserving during this anticipated brief reduction in service, and expects full deliveries to be restored by the first week in June,” said NID Water Operations Manager, Chip Close.

PG&E is committed to keeping NID updated as conditions change and work nears completion.

NID will post updates on the repair effort on its website. For information, see the Irrigation Water Outages link at www.nidwater.com.

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