Board of Directors Jan. 23 meeting wrap : Directors redirect Raw Water Master Plan update

January 24, 2019

Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Directors have voted to move in a different direction involving the Raw Water Master Plan (RWMP) update process.

After a long and thoughtful debate over the merits of the Community Representatives Group model and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) M50 process, the Board felt that the M50 model was a more efficient and cost effective approach to the District’s planning needs.

The new approach will engage the District’s Water & Hydroelectric Operations (WHO) Committee and emphasize stakeholder input. Present at the meeting were President Scott Miller, Vice President Ricki Heck, Chris Bierwagen, Laura Peters and Nick Wilcox.

During a discussion about pursuing one of two directions — the AWWA M50 process or the current proposed Community Representatives Group process — Directors directed NID staff to pursue the M50 process and remit the issue to the WHO Committee, which will take up the work to set up a stakeholder group that will continue the RWMP update process.

NID’s update to its Raw Water Master Plan will identify a vision and develop the steps necessary to meet our community’s water needs for the next 50 years.

Directors Bierwagen and Heck serve on the WHO Committee, which meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 9:00. The meetings are open to the public.

The M50 Water Resources Planning manual was originally published in 2001 to provide direction on how to develop a plan for new water supplies to accommodate projected future water demands.

Read more about the NID agenda item here.

 

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