NID July 12th Board Meeting Highlights

Greg Jones

NID July 12th Board Meeting Highlights

Grass Valley, CA – July 12, 2017 – On Jul 12th, The Nevada Irrigation District held a board of directors meeting to discuss upcoming projects around water conservation. Present were President Nick Wilcox, Vice President William Morebeck, alongside directors Nancy Weber, John H. Drew, and Scott Miller.

The General Manager reported total acre feet of storage at 249,672, which is 114% of average.  Water conservation among District customers year to date is 22% over 2013 levels.  Precipitation as of June 30 at Bowman Lake is 136” or 202% of average ending the 2nd wettest year on record.

NID’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve an addition to section 4.06.03 of the District’s Water Service Rules and Regulations. This provision, in response to anticipated new state water budget regulations and County zoning ordinances, will create a new customer category for treated water agricultural production.  The provision will require treated water customers engaged in commercial/production agriculture to install a dedicated agriculture meter in addition to a residential use meter. The new smart meters will help treated water agricultural customers reduce operational costs in anticipation of new state regulations governing water use allocations.  Separating domestic residential treated water use from agricultural treated water use will not only minimize potential fines to customers, it will better inform water use needs throughout the District. NID hopes this additional customer category will allow commercial/production agriculture customers to utilize the treated water necessary to sustain agricultural lands.

NID contractor, AECOM, presented Phase III of the preliminary geotechnical investigation for the Centennial Reservoir project. The report, although preliminary, indicates strong bedrock foundation and suitability for the Centennial Dam. The report discussed a construction estimate of $256 million with anticipated construction timeline of 2.5 years. The Centennial Draft EIS is expected to be available for public review and comment by January 2018. More information on the proposed project is posted on NID’s website at

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26th at the NID Business Center located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley. NID Board meetings are open to the public.

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