Alta Sierra – Lorie Drive

General Outage Area: Lorie Drive
Date: 05/01/2014 to 05/01/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Lorie Drive: Blow off Valve repair

Grass Valley – Footwall Drive

General Outage Area: Footwall Drive
Date: 04/29/2014 to 04/29/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Footwall Drive: Air Release Valve Upgrade

Grass Valley – Cedar Avenue (completed and water back on at 8:20 a.m.)

General Outage Area: Cedar Avenue
Date: 04/22/2014 to 04/22/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Cedar Avenue: service line replacement

Lake Wildwood – Wildflower Drive @ Dockside Court

General Outage Area: Wildflower Drive, Dockside Court
Date: 04/30/2014 to 04/30/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Wildflower Drive, Dockside Court: replace inline valve on Wildflower Drive at Dockside Court

Board of Directors and Joint Powers Authority, Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Board of Directors and the Joint Powers Authority 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 Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lake of the Pines – Lakeshore South

General Outage Area: Lakeshore South
Date: 04/24/2014 to 04/24/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Lakeshore South: service line replacment

Nevada City – Zion Street

General Outage Area: Zion Street, Providence Mine Road, Brock Road
Date: 05/01/2014 to 05/02/2014
Time: 08:00 pm to 04:00 am

Zion Street, Providence Mine Road, Brock Road: install valves for new Pressure Reducing Valve station

NID Hosts ‘No Motor Day’ April 27 at Scotts Flat Lake

Contact: Peggy Davidson
(530) 265-8861
Or: Dave Carter
(530) 265-NEWS



NID Hosts ‘No Motor Day’ Apr. 27 at Scotts Flat Lake

GRASS VALLEY – The quiet, natural beauty of Scotts Flat Reservoir will be showcased on Sunday, Apr. 27, as the Nevada Irrigation District hosts its 7th Annual “No Motor Day.”

NID Recreation Manager Peggy Davidson said the district has organized the event in response to community requests and as part of an overall effort to operate in a green, environmentally friendly manner.

Non-motorized watercraft, including sailboats, canoes and kayaks, will be allowed entry to the Scotts Flat Recreation Area without charge for the day. Use of motorized boats will be suspended for the entire day.

Regular admission rates of $8.00 per vehicle (with up to four persons) will remain in effect.

A number of special activities will be offered without charge. Free kayak and paddleboard demos will be offered from 10-4 by Mountain Recreation of Grass Valley. The Gold Country Yacht Club will host an open house and offer free sailboat rides, also from 10-4.

Hungry recreationists may purchase a barbecue lunch prepared as a fundraiser by local Boy Scout Troop No. 4. The luncheon is planned from 11:30 a.m to 4 p.m. in the marina area.

Scotts Flat is one of 10 reservoirs owned and operated by NID. The district offers wide-ranging public recreational opportunities at both Scotts Flat and Rollins reservoirs in the Sierra foothills. Camping and backcountry recreational opportunities are available at some of the district’s mountain reservoirs.

More information is available at



Grass Valley – Alta Vista Drive

General Outage Area: Alta Vista Drive
Date: 04/23/2014 to 04/23/2014
Time: 08:30 am to 03:00 pm

Alta Vista Drive: blow off valve repair

NID Declares Stage II Drought Emergency, Asks All Customers to Reduce Use by 10-15%

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


NID Declares Stage II Drought Emergency,

Asks All Customers to Reduce Use by 10-15 %

GRASS VALLEY – Leaders of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday (Apr. 9) called for NID water users to voluntarily reduce their water usage by 10-15 percent until ongoing drought conditions have eased.

The NID Board of Directors declared a Stage II drought emergency and authorized staff to purchase additional water under the district’s existing contract with the Pacific Gas and Electric Co. NID has its own mountain watershed but occasionally purchases extra water.

The Stage II drought emergency is the lowest level in the NID Drought Contingency Plan and relies mainly on voluntary conservation measures by the district’s customers.

Directors left open the possibility for mandatory cutbacks if adequate water storage levels are not being maintained later this year. One possible measure is a shortening of the 2014 irrigation season, which normally runs from Apr. 15-Oct.14.

Stage II calls for NID to keep total water storage at no less than 75 percent of average year to year carryover storage. Water Operations Manager Chip Close said the district is aiming toward carrying over a minimum of 110,000 acre-feet of water storage for 2015. NID’s storage capacity is 280,380 acre-feet.

The drought declaration comes near the end of a third straight dry year in the region. Near record dry conditions persisted through January of this year but February and March brought welcome relief, with 33 inches of precipitation at Bowman Reservoir (elev. 5650 ft.), an amount that is 147 percent of average for the two-month period.

While district water storage has risen to average levels, reservoirs are expected to drop earlier this year because of reduced runoff from the snowpack which now holds only 35 percent of average water content.

In a water supply update to the board, Water Operations Administrator Sue Sindt said that Jackson Meadows, Bowman and Scotts Flat reservoirs are not expected to fill this year and that impacts on public recreation are expected later this summer. She said the Cascade Shores boat ramp at Scotts Flat may be out of water by Labor Day.

Close said district customers are aware of the drought and responding to calls for water conservation. “Things have improved and we’re not facing the emergency situation we saw earlier this year,” he said. “If we all pitch in and reduce our water use by 10-15 percent, we should be able to hit our carryover targets.”

To help water customers reduce usage, NID offers a variety of online tips and links. See the Conservation tab at

In other business, NID directors:

• authorized staff to implement a new banking services program with Wells Fargo Bank to include new credit card, debit card and website payment programs. The new program is anticipated in the next few months.

• voted to elect NID Division V Director Nick Wilcox as special district representative on the Nevada County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO).

• accepted a proposal from Hills Flat Lumber Co. of Grass Valley to operate a kayak and stand-up paddleboard rental concession this summer at the Orchard Springs Campground at Rollins Reservoir.

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




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