NID Reports Improving Water Storage

January 14, 2016

January 13, 2016

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


GRASS VALLEY – After five years of drought, a return to more normal winter weather is improving the outlook for the coming year’s water supply, it was reported at Wednesday’s (Jan.13) meeting of the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors.

General Manager Rem Scherzinger said seasonal precipitation had reached 104 percent of average as of Jan. 7 with an outlook for continued wet weather. Precipitation at NID’s Bowman Reservoir (elev. 5650 ft.) was measured at 28.95 inches on Jan. 7.

Rainfall is measured each year July 1 through June 30.

A deepening snowpack also bodes well for local water storage. The Jan. 7 snowpack was estimated to hold 17 inches of water content. A year ago, there was virtually no snow in what turned out to be the lowest snow year on record. More information on this year’s snowpack is expected following NID’s Feb. 1 snow surveys.

Scherzinger said NID’s Jan. 7 water storage stood at 151,000 acre-feet, which is just short of the 159,600 acre-foot average for this time of year. NID storage bottomed out in late October at 132,200 acre-feet.

In other business, NID directors:

• Approved an update of the district’s 2012 Agricultural Water Management Plan, subject to minor changes. The state-mandated plan is designed to help agencies use best management and water efficiency practices in agricultural water delivery.

• revised the district’s formula for calculating the capacity fees paid by commercial and multi-unit residential developers who connect their properties to the public water system.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Jan. 13 at the NID Business Center, 1036 West Main St., in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.