RWMP update – Raftelis is selected to develop the public outreach strategy

August 13, 2019

Nevada Irrigation District (NID) is a step closer to updating its Raw Water Master Plan (RWMP) – a comprehensive plan that will address our community’s water future – with the hiring of the independent firm Raftelis to develop a public outreach strategy.

The Water & Hydroelectric Operations (WHO) Committee reviewed the RWMP public outreach design process and agreed upon the recommended consultant during an Aug. 13 meeting. Vice President Ricki Heck (Division 1) and Director Chris Bierwagen (Division 2) serve on the committee.

The Raftelis team includes Melissa Elliott and Patricia Tennison, both of whom presented their expertise and experiences with public outreach to the WHO Committee on March 12. Ms. Elliott also is the American Water Works Association (AWWA) president, further supporting NID’s desire to follow AWWA recommended procedures for public outreach processes.

Raftelis will develop the RWMP public outreach strategy. Once the strategy is formed, the next step will be implementation, under a separate contract.

The RWMP update will develop a range of potential scenarios for Directors to consider when determining the best ways to meet the community’s demand for water through the next 50 years while weighing the impact on the District, the community and the environment. The goal is to maximize public input and conduct an update process that is as open and transparent as possible.

This supports Goal No. 3 of the District’s Strategic Plan: “Developing and managing our resources in a self-determining manner protects and provides for local control of our community’s most valuable assets – a fairly priced and available water supply.”

Learn more about the RWMP process at

Read the staff report from the WHO meeting, click here.