NID Lowers Irrigation Canal Levels Due to Storm – Expect to Return to Seasonal Levels by Wednesday

May 18, 2020

(Grass Valley, CA – May 18, 2020) The heavy rains have caused the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) to take precautions and lower the amount of water flowing to its irrigation canals. The District is following its storm action plan, which looks at storm projections and canal levels to determine when water levels in the canals might get too high. The projections for this storm indicated the area was to receive two inches of rain in two days followed by a local flash flood warning that will last until 6:00 p.m. on today (Monday).

Winter storms do not pose the same threat as a heavy rain storm in the spring. NID begins to fill its irrigation canals in mid-April, so a heavy down pour will fill the canals more quickly than when they are empty in the winter.

Based on current projections, NID will begin returning irrigation canal water flows to normal mid-week.