Healthy watersheds – healthy community: NID showcases its watershed stewardship projects

October 18, 2018

About 100 people of all ages gathered Wednesday evening to learn about efforts to restore and protect the watersheds that provide our water, during Nevada Irrigation District’s (NID) first watershed open house.img_1925_web

“It’s all about the watershed,” said NID’s Environmental Resources Administrator Neysa King. “A watershed is the area of land that water flows through into a stream, river or lake. People, animals, plants and trees – all life — are dependent on healthy watersheds. Healthy watersheds provide our water which is key for a healthy, thriving community.”

As agents of our natural resources, NID places a high priority on watershed stewardship. The open house showcased nine of the District’s projects that focus on watershed health, conservation of water, restoration of montane meadows, improving fish habitat and reducing the risk of catastrophic fire in our forests.

This year’s projects included posters about:

  • Scotts Flat Fire Fuels Reduction to increase water yield and reduce fire risk;
  • Water Conservation and NID’s meter replace program;
  • A Fish Passage project on Auburn Ravine;
  • Recreation and wildfire risk reduction at Scotts Flat and Rollins Campgrounds;
  • Combie Reservoir Sediment and Mercury Removal to restore capacity and develop best practices for reservoir maintenance in the Sierra;
  • Integrated Vegetation Management to test alternatives to conventional herbicides;
  • Watershed Education and opportunities for local students and schools;
  • Hydroelectric Power Generation; and
  • English Meadow Restoration to improve hydrology and habitat in the Middle Yuba River headwaters.

In addition, NID premiered two short videos (click below to watch on YouTube):

This was the first watershed open house in what NID plans to make an annual event as a way to inform our community about the many stewardship and restoration projects occurring throughout the district.

The event, held at the Gold Miner’s Inn in Grass Valley, featured short presentations from NID staff, informative posters about stewardship projects and educational activities for kids and adults.neysa_2952_web