NID is Green for Earth Day

April 21, 2017

Susan Holt
(530) 271-6735


NID is Green for Earth Day

Grass Valley – NID extends a “Happy Earth Day 2017” to our customers and the entire community. The first Earth Day was created by Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates 22 million Americans celebrated clean air, land, and water on that day. The District is proud to continuously provide good stewardship of the watershed in our care in a variety of ways to benefit our community year-round. The following demonstrates some of the exceptional programs provided by NID.

• Hydroelectric: NID strongly supports clean, carbon-free energy. Hydropower is fueled by water, and is a sustainable energy source that can generate power to the grid immediately. In 2016, the seven hydroelectric power plants owned and operated by NID generated over 350,000 megawatt hours of energy for local consumption. Running at full load, NID can provide enough clean energy to serve between 61,000 and 82,000 homes, depending on usage. NID’s hydroelectric power reduces dependence on non-renewable energy sources and helps protect the environment.

• State Water Policy: NID is tracking state water policy and participating in discussions with Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) and other state and local agencies and regulatory bodies to ensure a regional perspective in water-supply policymaking decisions affecting our area.

• Hemphill Diversion: The District is working with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) to improve fish passage on Auburn Ravine.

• English Meadows Restoration: NID is collaborating with the US Forest Service, California State University’s Geology Department, and Plumas Corporation to create baseline data and map the English Meadows located above Jackson Meadows along the Middle Yuba River. This project will monitor groundwater levels and develop a conceptual project for improving the hydrologic functionality of this system.

• Aquatic Invasive Species: NID is actively working with the Department of Boating and Waterways and the CDFW to develop an Aquatic Invasive Species Program to inform boaters about risks and exposure routes for invasive Quagga and Zebra Mussels.

• Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba (CABY) Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP): NID is actively partnering with the CABY IRWMP Group. This partnership is an ongoing commitment with local and regional partners to focus on shared watershed issues and concerns, and has successfully attracted millions of dollars of grant funding to our region.

• Scotts Flat Lake Forestry Project: This project is to reduce fire risk by thinning the understory on forested lands. The project is funded by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

• Scotts Flat Lake Hazard Tree Removal: NID is removing trees impacted by drought and pine beetles. This will improve forest health and reduce fire risk.

• Recreation: Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, sunning, boating, waterskiing, sailing, kayaking and other activities are popular at both Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs in the Sierra foothills. Day use parks, campgrounds and beaches are operated by the district (Greenhorn is operated by a private operator under contract with NID).

In the mountains, NID maintains and operates campgrounds and recreational facilities in the Jackson Meadows – Bowman Lake areas. Jackson Meadows features several campgrounds, picnic day use sites and boat ramps. Other campgrounds are located at Bowman, Canyon Creek, Sawmill and Faucherie Lakes in the Bowman corridor.

The primary recreation season in the high mountain areas generally runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on weather.

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