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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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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.

The 2nd Annual Mulch Magic Giveaway!

Contact:

Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

The 2nd Annual Mulch Magic Giveaway!

Grass Valley – NID and the Nevada County Resource Conservation District (NCRCD) are highlighting the multiple benefits of using mulch for gardening and landscaping with the 2nd Annual Mulch Magic Giveaway. This event will provide approximately 160 cubic yards of shredded redwood bark to community residents, and is part of NID’s continuing efforts to promote conscientious water use and conservation in our region.

The Mulch Magic Giveaway begins today, April 26, 2017, and will continue through June 30, 2017, or while supplies last. The community is invited to participate and may now begin picking up vouchers from the NID Business Office, located at 1036 West Main Street in Grass Valley, or the NCRCD office, located at 113 Presley Way, Suite 1 in Grass Valley. Each voucher entitles the holder to ½ cubic yard of mulch per residence, and is redeemable at Rare Earth Landscaping in Grass Valley, or Four Seasons Landscaping in Penn Valley. The mulch is provided in bulk and will require a truck for pickup.

Some of the benefits of using mulch include:

  • Sixty gallons of water saved per week, by adding 2 to 3 inches of mulch around trees and plants for each 1,000 square feet of irrigated landscape.
  • Mulch keeps soil moist and slows evaporation, allowing water to sink into the soil, which reduces the rate of watering needed for plants to thrive.
  • Mulch breaks down into the soil, providing nutrients for trees and plants.
  • Mulch protects plants by moderating soil temperature and suppressing weeds.

For more information on the Mulch Magic Giveaway, or on the benefits of using mulch, please contact: Kaycee Strong at 530-273-6185, ext. 244.

NID is Green for Earth Day

Contact:
Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID is Green for Earth Day

Grass Valley – NID extends a “Happy Earth Day 2017” to our customers and the entire community. The first Earth Day was created by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 22 million Americans celebrated clean air, land, and water on that day. The District is proud to continuously provide good stewardship of the watershed in our care in a variety of ways to benefit our community year-round. The following demonstrates some of the exceptional programs provided by NID.

• Hydroelectric: NID strongly supports clean, carbon-free energy. Hydropower is fueled by water, and is a sustainable energy source that can generate power to the grid immediately. In 2016, the seven hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by NID generated over 350,000 megawatt hours of energy for local consumption. Running at full load, NID can provide enough clean energy to serve between 61,000 and 82,000 homes, depending on usage. NID’s hydroelectric power reduces dependence on non-renewable energy sources and helps protect the environment.

• State Water Policy: NID is tracking state water policy and participating in discussions with Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and other state and local agencies and regulatory bodies to ensure a regional perspective in water-supply policymaking decisions affecting our area.

• Hemphill Diversion: The District is working with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) to improve fish passage on Auburn Ravine.

• English Meadows Restoration: NID is collaborating with the US Forest Service, California State University’s Geology Department, and Plumas Corporation to create baseline data and map the English Meadows located above Jackson Meadows along the Middle Yuba River. This project will monitor groundwater levels and develop a conceptual project for improving the hydrologic functionality of this system.

• Aquatic Invasive Species: NID is actively working with the Department of Boating and Waterways and the CDFW to develop an Aquatic Invasive Species Program to inform boaters about risks and exposure routes for invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels.

• Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba (CABY) Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP): NID is actively partnering with the CABY IRWMP Group. This partnership is an ongoing commitment with local and regional partners to focus on shared watershed issues and concerns, and has successfully attracted millions of dollars of grant funding to our region.

• Scotts Flat Lake Forestry Project: This project is to reduce fire risk by thinning the understory on forested lands. The project is funded by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

• Scotts Flat Lake Hazard Tree Removal: NID is removing trees impacted by drought and pine beetles. This will improve forest health and reduce fire risk.

• Recreation: Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, sunning, boating, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking and other activities are popular at both Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs in the Sierra foothills. Day use parks, campgrounds and beaches are operated by the district (Greenhorn is operated by a private operator under contract with NID).

In the mountains, NID maintains and operates campgrounds and recreational facilities in the Jackson Meadows – Bowman Lake areas. Jackson Meadows features several campgrounds, picnic day use sites and boat ramps. Other campgrounds are located at Bowman, Canyon Creek, Sawmill and Faucherie Lakes in the Bowman corridor.

The primary recreation season in the high mountain areas generally runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on weather.

NID Customers Praised for Conservation Efforts as Drought Declaration Lifted

Contact:
Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID Customers Praised for Conservation Efforts as Drought Declaration Lifted

Grass Valley – The Nevada Irrigation District applauds customers for their unprecedented water conservation efforts, as Governor Jerry Brown lifted the drought state of emergency declaration on April 7, 2017.

NID customers actively confronted California’s recent extreme drought, conserving an astonishing 26% overall since 2013.Treated water customers conserved approximately 2.3 billion gallons of water. Agriculture customers conserved around 10,000 acre feet (AF) of water, and NID operational modifications saved an additional 10,000 AF.

Statewide conservation and this winter season’s abundant rain and snow amounts prompted the Governor to end the drought state of emergency for the majority of California. Four counties remain under the emergency order to help address diminished Central Valley groundwater supplies.

In a written release, Brown stated that “the next drought could be around the corner,” and “conservation must be a way of life.” Water reporting requirements and prohibitions on wasteful water use practices remain in effect statewide, including restrictions on watering during, or directly following rainfall. NID supports state efforts to make conservation a way of life in California.

NID the Target of YubaNet’s “April Fools” Joke

Contact:
Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID the Target of YubaNet’s “April Fools” Joke

Grass Valley – The Nevada Irrigation District was the subject of an “April Fools” article published on Saturday, April 1st by YubaNet titled, “NID ponders grand bargain on Centennial Dam.” It appears this “April Fools” joke run by YubaNet has made its way into our community. The article has triggered community confusion about our District’s principles and practices.

There are statements in the YubaNet article questioning NID’s integrity. The article alleges scandalous and illegal practices, including a fake “leaked memo,” accusing the Board of Directors and General Manager of bribery. Quotes in the article are entirely fabricated, including those attributed to the Board and the General Manager. The advocacy groups mentioned and their ascribed excerpts are also fictional.

NID would like to assure the public that this was an “April Fools” joke run solely by YubaNet. NID was not involved in any way in the creation or development of the article. The information contained in the article is fake, and in no way represents the District, or its practices. NID is committed to transparency.

While NID appreciates the attempt at humor, the District has received numerous public comments citing the article. Even a lighthearted “April Fools” joke can be confusing when taken literally, or out of context.

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