NID Shares Concerns on Water, Drought, Climate Change

 

Learning About Water NID legal adviser Jeff Meith explains California water rights during the Nevada Irrigation District Water Summit on Thursday evening (July 24). About 250 people turned out for the event held in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School

Learning About Water
NID legal adviser Jeff Meith explains California water rights during the Nevada Irrigation District Water Summit on Thursday evening (July 24). About 250 people turned out for the event held in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School

GRASS VALLEY – An audience of about 250 turned out on Thursday evening (July 24) to learn about challenges the Nevada Irrigation District faces regarding the current drought and our changing water future.

The two-hour NID Water Summit, held in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School, included presentations on the district’s water system and operations, issues involving water rights, changing rules and regulations, and the water supply impacts of climate change.

“The district’s water storage is not currently adequate to endure back to back dry years,” said NID Water Operations Manager Chip Close, who noted the region, is now in its third dry year.  “Our system relies heavily on the water in the snowpack.”

NID General Manager Rem Scherzinger said a changing and warming climate is bringing less snow and more rain.  He said more rain and less snow at higher elevations will impact the district’s ability to collect water.  “Most of our reservoirs are up at the higher elevations; we need to look at more mid-range storage,” he said.

NID legal counsel Jeff Meith explained the pre-1914 and post-1914 water rights the district uses to supply its customers.  The district’s post-1914, or “junior” water rights to divert water have been suspended under the State Water Board’s May 27 curtailment order, but the pre-1914 “senior” rights remain unaffected, he said.

“I’m from the old school that says water rights are property rights,” said Meith.  He recounted a series of drought actions taken at the state level this year, from the governor’s drought emergency declaration on Jan. 17 to the state board’s emergency water use regulations of July 15.  He said the state rules have been confusing and difficult to enforce for local agencies.

Scherzinger said NID service areas in Nevada and Placer counties are getting through the drought with customers doing a great job of water conservation.  NID has asked all customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 20 percent.  “Our urban water use is down 16 percent over the past four months,” he said.

The general manager drew rounds of applause when he said, ”We don’t sell our water outside the district; we keep it here where it performs for us,” and when he talked about NID’s unique project to remove Gold Rush-era mercury from the Bear River watershed while reclaiming valuable water storage space.

Scherzinger said NID is studying a range of opportunities for increasing water storage.  These include sediment removal from existing reservoirs, raising Rollins Reservoir by five feet and considering new storage sites.  “When it comes to new water storage, it’s not a matter of if, but when,” he said.

The Water Summit was recorded and is expected to be posted on the NID website (www.nidwater.com) in coming days.  It was also broadcast live on Nevada City radio station KVMR-89.5 FM (www.kvmr.org), which plans a podcast to make it available for later listening, a link will also be provided on NID’s website.

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NID Prepares for New State Drought Rules

Contact:  Rem Scherzinger
(530) 273-6185
Or:     Dave Carter
(530) 265-NEWS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Water Summit July 24 in Grass Valley

NID Prepares for New State Drought Rules

GRASS VALLEY  -   The Nevada Irrigation District is considering stronger water conservation measures that could take effect in August, it was announced at Wednesday’s (July 23) meeting of the NID Board of Directors.

General Manager Rem Scherzinger said the district may implement portions of its Stage III Drought Contingency Plan to comply with new emergency urban water use regulations handed down by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Under a current Stage II drought declaration, NID is asking all customers to voluntarily reduce water usage by 20 percent.  The new rules may call for mandatory conservation measures including limits on days of outdoor watering and a prohibition of watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Other measures triggered by the state regulations include discontinuance of washing down driveways and sidewalks and irrigation that causes excess runoff.

“Staff is reviewing the new emergency regulations to ensure that appropriate actions are followed,” said Scherzinger.  “We’re doing a good job in our community.  Our urban water use is down 16 percent since March.”

The NID Board of Directors will meet in adjourned session this evening (July 24) for a special community Water Summit.  The event will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Don Baggett Theatre at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley.  The meeting is open to the public and will also be broadcast live on Nevada City community radio station KVMR-89.5 FM (www.kvmr.org.)

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Lake of the Pines – Torrey Pines Drive

General Outage Area: Torrey Pines Drive from Lakeshore South to Bobolink Way
Date: 07/30/2014 to 07/30/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Torrey Pines Drive from Lakeshore South to Bobolink Way: service line replacement

Lake of the Pines – Lakeshore South

General Outage Area: Lakeshore South, Redwood Court, Star Court
Date: 07/29/2014 to 07/29/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Lakeshore South, Redwood Court, Star Court: service line replacement

PCWA and NID Water Committee, Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) and the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Water Committee will meet at the District’s Board Room located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley, at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

Grass Valley – Dorsey Drive

General Outage Area: Dorsey Drive, Comstock Court, Olympia Glade Mobile Home Park
Date: 08/07/2014 to 08/08/2014
Time: 08:00 pm to 05:00 am

Dorsey Drive, Comstock Court, Olympia Glade Mobile Home Park: transmission main line replacement

Grass Valley – Dorsey Drive

General Outage Area: Dorsey Drive, Comstock Court, Olympia Glade Mobile Home Park
Date: 08/05/2014 to 08/06/2014
Time: 08:00 pm to 05:00 am

Dorsey Drive, Comstock Court, Olympia Glade Mobile Home Park: transmission main line replacement

NID, SunSmile Farms Settle Pipeline Issue

Contact:  Rem Scherzinger
(530) 273-6185
Or:     Dave Carter
(530) 265-NEWS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID, Sun Smile Farms Settle Pipeline Issue

GRASS VALLEY –   The Nevada Irrigation District and water user George Loftus have resolved their dispute over responsibility for the water service pipeline to the Loftus property.

A statement released Thursday (July 17) by NID said “The parties worked cooperatively to come to a mutually agreeable solution and avoid litigation.  The agreement provides certainty regarding future responsibility and will eliminate future disagreement.”

The disagreement involved a question of public or private ownership of a historic water pipeline that serves SunSmile Farms, located off Rough & Highway west of Grass Valley.

NID and Loftus agreed to withhold further information regarding the settlement.

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North Auburn – Meadow Park Court

General Outage Area: Meadow Park Court
Date: 07/29/2014 to 07/29/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Meadow Park Court: Air release valve replacement

Grass Valley – Colfax Highway

General Outage Area: Colfax Highway
Date: 07/25/2014 to 07/25/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Colfax Highway: blow off valve replacement

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