NID Honors Retiree with 35 Years of Service

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

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35 Years With NID

Retiring NID Hydroelectric Maintenance Supervisor Jim Ford of Grass Valley, right, was honored on Wednesday (Apr. 23) by the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors.  Pictured, NID Board President John Drew presents Ford with a resolution of appreciation for 35 years of employment service.  Ford retires May 2.

NID Keeps Tight Rein on Construction Contracts

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

 

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NID Keeps Tight Rein on Construction Contracts

GRASS VALLEY  -   The Nevada Irrigation District Engineering Department is keeping tight controls on district construction contracts and is showing a change order rate that is half of the industry average.

In a report to the NID Board of Directors on Wednesday (Apr. 23), NID Engineering Manager Gary King said a review of 25 major public works projects, totaling $84.1 million over the past seven years, showed change orders of $3.7 million, for a rate of 4.4 percent.

Change orders are changes submitted by private contractors for work performed above and beyond their original contracts.  NID directors in the past have expressed concern about what they called “scope creep.”

King attributed the district’s success rate to good design, planning and anticipation of construction conditions on the various jobs.  “Our change orders are low by industry standards, but we’re always trying to do better,” King said.

NID Division V Director Nick Wilcox, a member of the board’s Engineering Committee, said King and his staff have taken “a very proactive approach” to keeping costs down, which in turn, helps keep water rates down.  “A job well-done,” he said.

In other business, NID directors:

•  approved the purchase of $136,000 worth of pipe and related products for the Cascade Shores Water System Replacement Project.  NID is midway through a multiyear project to replace the dated and undersized water system installed in the 1960s by the original developers of Cascade Shores.

•  held a retirement presentation for Hydroelectric Maintenance Supervisor James J. “Jim” Ford of Grass Valley, who retires May 2 following a 35-year career with the district.

•  held a retirement presentation for Hydroelectric Dept. Management Assistant Karen Blair of Nevada City who retires June 5 after 14 years with NID.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, May 14, at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley.  NID board meetings are open to the public.

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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

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

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

 

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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 www.nidwater.com.

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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
 

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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 nidwater.com.

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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NID: Snowpack at 35% of Average

 
Contact:  Chip Close
(530) 273-6185
Or:     Dave Carter
(530) 265-NEWS

 

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 NID:  Snowpack at 35% of Average 

GRASS VALLEY  -  In snow surveys taken Wednesday and Thursday (Apr. 2-3), the Nevada Irrigation District measured 35 percent of average water content in the mountain snowpack that supplies the NID water system.

 “With the weather changing to a more wet pattern in February and March, we have finally seen an improvement in the snowpack,” said NID Operations Administrator Sue Sindt, who oversees the district’s snow survey program.

The water supply outlook has improved significantly since Feb. 1 when NID snow surveyors measured just 7 percent of average water content.

Sindt said water storage is continuing to rise and although all of the district’s reservoirs will not fill this year, the outlook has improved for water deliveries.  The NID Board of Directors is expected to make a final decision on a drought declaration on Apr. 9. 

This week, NID snow surveyors measured water content on five mountain snow courses ranging in elevation from 5,650 feet to 7,800 feet.  (The lower division Chalk Bluff snow course (4,850 ft.) near Bear Valley was surveyed Mar. 27 and showed 5.1 inches of snow with a 1.4-inch water content.)

The five mountain courses held an average water content of 12.1 inches, which compares to the Apr. 1 average water content of 33.9 inches.

NID’s highest course, Webber Peak, at 7,800 feet, had 66.4 inches of snow with a water content of 15.9 inches.  The English Mountain snow course (7,100 ft.) had 64.3 inches of snow with a water content of 18.9 inches.

Webber Lake (7,000 ft.) had 38 inches of snow with a water content of 11.2 inches.  Findley Peak (6,500 ft.) had a snowpack of 39.4 inches and a 9.3-inch water content.  Bowman Reservoir had 16.2 inches of snow with a water content of 5 inches.

This year’s precipitation at Bowman Reservoir (elev. 5,650 ft.) stood at 42.61 inches, or 72 percent of average, as of Apr. 2.  Seasonal precipitation is measured July 1-June 30.

NID is continuing its conservative water management to bolster water storage for the coming summer season.  As of Apr. 2, the district’s reservoirs held 197,600 acre-feet of water, which is 76 percent of capacity and 109 percent of average for the date.

A member of the California Cooperative Snow Survey, NID conducts four official snow surveys each year, in February, March, April and May.   Results of the snow surveys are used to predict water availability locally and statewide.

 

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NID Hosts Youth Triathlon at Rollins Reservoir

Contact: Peggy Davidson,

NID Recreation Manager
(530) 273-6185
Or: Dave Carter
(530) 265-NEWS

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

NID Hosts Youth Triathlon at Rollins Reservoir

GRASS VALLEY – The Nevada Irrigation District will host its First Annual Kid’s Triathlon on Saturday, May 31, at the Orchard Springs Campground at Rollins Reservoir.

NID Recreation Manager Peggy Davidson, an avid runner, said it is the first youth triathlon to be held in the local area and that three advance clinics are being offered to help young participants train for the event.

The triathlon includes two age divisions. Youngsters ages 6-10 will swim 50 meters, bike four miles and run one mile. Ages 11-15 will swim 150 meters, bike four miles and run one mile.

The advance clinics include an informational meeting on Apr. 10, a swim-bike-run training on Apr. 24 and a transition practice on May 15. Each session begins at 6 p.m. at the Orchard Springs Campground.

Volunteers from the Gold Country Triathlon Club are helping organize and staff the clinics and event.

Entry fee is $30 per participant until Apr. 27 and then $40 until May 30. There is no race day registration. Race day check-in opens at 6:30 a.m. and the event starts promptly at 7:30 a.m. Competitors will receive an event T-shirt and finisher medal.

For information and registration, write davidson@nidwater.com. or call the NID Recreation Dept. office at 530-265-8861.

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