Engineering Committee, Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Engineering Committee will meet in regular session at the District’s Board Room located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley, at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

North Auburn – Dry Creek Road

General Outage Area: Dry Creek Road
Date: 07/17/2014 to 07/17/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Dry Creek Road: service line replacement

NID Seeks $2.6 Million in State Drought Funding

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID Seeks $2.6 Million in State Drought Funding

GRASS VALLEY  -  The Nevada irrigation District is taking the lead in a regional effort to obtain state drought funding for water supply reliability improvements in the Sierra foothills.

The NID Board of Directors on Wednesday (July 9) authorized staff to seek funding for a water project that will increase water supply capacity to NID service areas in Placer County by 25 percent.

NID Asst. General Manager Tim Crough said the district hopes to obtain $2.6 million of an overall $5 million grant to agencies in the Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba (CABY) river watersheds.

The proposed project, the Rock Creek Siphon, would allow NID to move water from the Combie-Ophir II Canal to the PG&E Rock Creek Reservoir in North Auburn.  The reservoir is currently supplied by PG&E’s Bear River Canal, which has been subject to planned and emergency outages.

Crough said the project would bolster water availability to NID service areas ranging from North Auburn to the Lincoln area and would also provide needed emergency backup supplies to PG&E and the Placer County Water Agency.

The siphon project includes 3,750 feet of 36-inch pipeline that would carry NID water from the canal, past the Auburn Municipal Airport, to Rock Creek Reservoir, which is located east of Bell Road.  The new pipeline is being designed to carry up to 35 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

In association with the CABY watershed planning group, the district plans to submit the funding application by July 21.  If the grant is successful, NID would be responsible for 25 percent in matching funds.  With funding, Crough said that construction would take place next year.

In other business, directors:

• increased the district’s current water usage conservation goal to 20 percent.  NID earlier this year declared a Stage II drought emergency that calls on all customers to voluntarily reduce water use by 15-20 percent.  Officials said the 20 percent level is needed to preserve needed water storage and to meet the statewide 20 percent reduction goal in Gov. Brown’s drought emergency declaration.

• heard an update from General Manager Rem Scherzinger on the state water board’s May 27 order that limits water diversions by post-1914 water right holders.  The order could remain in effect for up to 270 days and would seriously impact NID’s ability to collect water during the coming rainfall season, Scherzinger said.

• heard an update from Engineering Manager Gary King on the planned rehabilitation of a 1900-foot stretch of the Newtown Canal.  King said the district is working on two final easements and is planning to seek construction bids this month.  The Newtown Canal is the primary water source for 3200 treated water customers in Lake Wildwood and for much of Penn Valley.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 23, at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley.  NID board meetings are open to the public.

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Waterways Newsletter, Summer 2014

Highlights in this issue of NID WaterWays:

  • NID Customers Urged to Reduce Water Use by 20%
  • Drought Puts Pressure on NID Water Supplies
  • District Offers New Credit Card Payment Program
  • New Water Tanks on Banner Mountain

Download: NID WaterWays Summer 2014

Water and Hydroelectric Operations Committee, Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Water and Hydroelectric Operations Committee will meet in regular session at the District’s Board Room located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014.

NID Board Contracts for $2.5 Million Pump Station Upgrade

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID Board Contracts for $2.5 Million Pump Station Upgrade

GRASS VALLEY  -  Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday (June 25) awarded a $2.5 million contract for construction of a pump station between two primary canals that supply western Nevada County.

The design/build contract will be awarded to Gateway Pacific Contractors, Inc. of Sacramento, one of four firms that submitted proposals for the project.

The Siphon Lane Pump Station will be constructed on the D-S Canal above Nevada City and will give NID the ability to pump water uphill into the Cascade Canal and also supply the Snow Mountain Canal in an emergency or during outages.

Project engineer Adrian Schneider said the new pump station will alleviate emergency situations that have occurred during upstream outages on PG&E’s South Yuba Canal, which carries water from the mountains to foothills.  In past years, including twice last year, NID has faced emergency water shortages and has had to haul in and install emergency pumps to keep the water flowing.

Board President John Drew and Director Nick Wilcox praised the NID Engineering Dept. for putting priority on the project.  “It’s a critical piece of infrastructure,” said Wilcox.  Drew encouraged staff and the contractor to hire local subcontractors as possible.

Construction is expected to begin this fall and take about six months.

In other business, directors:

• learned that the district’s new credit card payment program is up and running.  Customers may use credit cards to pay their water bills by telephone or at the front counter in the NID Business Center.  A new online bill payment program is expected to be activated in coming months.

• adopted a resolution of support for the CABY (Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba) river watershed planning group.  NID Asst. General Manager Tim Crough said CABY has assisted NID in obtaining nearly $1 million in grant funding over the past few years and will bring the district more funding opportunities in years to come.

• hosted a ceremony to honor eight district employees who retire in June.  Recognized were Tim Bradley and Warren Hart of the Water Operations Dept., Jeff Huey and Joe Gobert of Maintenance, Jeffrey Peterson of the Hydroelectric Dept., Connie Petty of Engineering, Cindy Kincheloe of Customer Service and Chuck Chittock of Electrical Systems.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 9, at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley.  NID board meetings are open to the public.

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Cascade System

Canal Name: Cascade, Snow Mountain, Willow Valley, Cement Hill, Lake Vera Pipe, Sugar Loaf Reservoir & Pipe, Red Hill, Red Hill Reservoir & Pipe, Buffington

Outage Begin Date: 07/15/2014
Outage Begin Time: 06:30 am

Outage End Date: 07/16/2014
Outage End Time: 06:30 am

(canal recovery time varies according to your location on the canal)

Cascade, Snow Mountain, Willow Valley, Cement Hill, Lake Vera Pipe, Sugar Loaf Reservoir & Pipe, Red Hill, Red Hill Reservoir & Pipe, Buffington

Cunningham Siphon

Canal Name: Rattlesnake, Woodpecker, Forest Springs, Maben, Kyler, Maben Reservoir & Pipe, Grove, Cherry Creek

Outage Begin Date: 07/07/2014
Outage Begin Time: 07:00 pm

Outage End Date: 07/08/2014
Outage End Time: 08:00 pm

(canal recovery time varies according to your location on the canal)

Rattlesnake, Woodpecker, Forest Springs, Maben, Kyler, Maben Reservoir & Pipe, Grove, Cherry Creek: tie in Cunningham Siphon on Dog Bar Road

Waterways Newsletter, Spring 2014

Highlights in this issue of NID WaterWays:

  • Stage II Drought:  All Customers Urged to Save Water
  • The Drought as a Learning Experience
  • Will This Be an El Niño Year?
  • Outdoor Fun at Rollins and Scotts Flat

Download: NID WaterWays Spring 2014

NID Gets Good Marks in Grand Jury Review

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

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID Gets Good Marks in Grand Jury Review

The Nevada County Grand Jury has determined that the Nevada Irrigation District conducted its recent water rate-setting process in accordance with terms of California’s Prop. 218.

The review of NID was conducted after a citizen went to the Grand Jury with objections to the process.

Prop. 218 is an amendment to the California Constitution that requires local government to have a vote of affected property owners for any new or increased assessments.  It was later determined that Prop. 218 would also apply to charges such as water rates.

NID conducted detailed studies and an extensive public notification process before adopting its five-year financial plan, which includes this year’s 6 percent water rate increase.

The Grand Jury had no recommendations for changes and required no response from NID.

During their regular meeting on Wednesday (June 11) members of the NID Board of Directors expressed satisfaction with the district’s performance and the positive review.

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