February 11, 2020 – Engineering Committee Meeting Cancelled

January 17, 2020

The regular meeting of the Engineering Committee scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. has been cancelled.


January 14, 2020 – Engineering Committee

December 19, 2019

Approved Minutes will be posted following upcoming meeting.


Community input makes the difference: thanks to all who have helped update NID’s Strategic Plan

December 11, 2019

The ink is nearly dry on the update to Nevada Irrigation District’s (NID) Strategic Plan, as members of the community have teamed up with elected Directors to craft the document that provides overall direction, establishes goals and sets priorities for the District.

More than 60 residents have participated during four two-hour workshops since September. In total, that’s about 480 workshop-hours of community involvement. The most recent meeting was held on Tuesday evening. December 10.

In a facilitated workshop format, NID customers and residents have given input about the District’s mission and how to express what the District wants to accomplish now and in the future. Directors will use these suggestions to form the final update to the Plan.

“We are so thankful for all the input,” said NID Assistant General Manager Greg Jones. “We’ve received such valuable information and so many tremendous suggestions from the community. We appreciate the community’s interest and contribution to help the Directors update the District’s Strategic Plan.”

Among the workshop participants was Debbie Porter, who has been an NID customer for more than 22 years and is the president of the Golden Oaks Homeowners Association, a community of 100 parcels in southern Nevada County: “I think it’s a really good idea to get public input. It’s important to have a balance of viewpoints and opinions.”

Here are the Strategic Plan draft statements, which Directors will review for adoption in January:

Mission Statement: The District will provide a dependable, safe, sustainable and resilient water supply while being good stewards of the watershed.

Vision Statement: NID will promote healthy watersheds and reliable infrastructure that support our environment, treated and raw water customers, power reliability and recreation to sustain our quality of life; now and in the future.

Value Statements:
• Safety: Safety is integrated into our culture and is the first priority among all aspects of our work.
• Fiscal: Operate the District Finances with strong fiscal responsibility and transparency to ensure that NID’s finances are spent on those activities that support the mission and vision of the District.
• Resources: Maintain healthy watersheds through the implementation of Best Management Practices in collaboration with our strategic partners.
• Customers – Make decisions that serve the best interests of District ratepayers.
• Employees: Maintain and foster a viable workforce through fair compensation packages and a stable work environment.
• Decision-making: Use the best available science to make informed management decisions. Engage collaboratively with staff, the scientific community, agricultural community, and the informed lay communities that we serve. Use generally accepted business practices in our planning and project development actions.
• Transparency: Inform, educate, listen to and collaborate with our communities in our endeavors and activities with honesty and integrity.

NID Directors and community members work together during the Dec. 10 workshop.

Learn more at the Strategic Plan webpage at nidwater.com. Click here.

The public workshops were livestreamed – the video is available at NID’s YouTube channel. Click here.

Downloadable Documents – IVM Phase Two Report

November 1, 2019

NID Integrated Vegetation Management Program – Phase Two Report

Appendix A – Data Analysis

Appendix B – List of Species Present in Phase 2 Test Treatment Plots

Appendix C Raw Data

Appendix D – Percent Control Monitoring Protocol

Appendix E – Canal Native Vegetation Establishment Details

Appendix F – Native Plantings Species Information

Appendix G – Product Label




November 26, 2019 – Maintenance & Resources Management Committee

October 25, 2019

The Maintenance & Resources Management Committee is scheduled to meet in regular session at the District’s Board Room located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley, at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

Local Power Solutions Workshop – community called to convene for a public discussion on Oct. 29

October 24, 2019

A groundswell of local voices are calling for the community to come together and discuss an alternative power solution for the region. In response to these requests, NID has organized a public workshop for Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 6-8 pm at the District’s Board of Directors boardroom in Grass Valley.

The recent power outages are having widespread effects on our community, resulting in increased urgency to explore local solutions. Taking stock of the impact and gathering input is needed from all voices in the region, from residents, schools, businesses, to local government.

The workshop will take place at 1036 West Main Street in Grass Valley on Tuesday regardless of PG&E’s power service status due to NID’s back-up power generators. Up to 85 people are able to be accommodated in the NID board room with unlimited spill-over capacity in the parking lot adjacent to the building. Accommodations will be made so all workshop participants can provide input.

Tour showcases the Combie Sediment & Mercury Removal Project

September 25, 2019

Representatives from agencies and organizations involved in the work to remove sediment and mercury at Combie Reservoir got a special 3-hour tour in August to see first-hand how the project has progressed.

This summer, a suction dredge has been used to suck up sediment from the water and then put through a centrifuge to separate any elemental mercury.

About 20 participants got a tour of the different operations involved in the process. While everyone was familiar with the project, based on their own work, seeing how the whole process has come together was rewarding.

Mercury was introduced to the Sierra Nevada during the Gold Rush period of the 1800s and used to process mining ore for gold. That mercury has remained and led to contamination of sediments throughout Sierra watersheds.

Findings from this project will become valuable to state regulators and help water managers address mercury in the aquatic food chain. When complete, this project can be replicated in other impacted reservoirs.

NID is working with these partners: the Sierra Fund, US Geological Society, the Department of Water Resources, the Cosumnes-American-Bear-Yuba Integrated Regional Water Management Group (CABY), NV5 Global, Inc., Great Lakes Environmental and Teichert Aggregates.

Reminder: Join us for the first NID Strategic Plan public workshop next Tuesday evening

August 29, 2019

Please join us next Tuesday evening for the first public workshop to focus on the update to the Nevada Irrigation District’s (NID) Strategic Plan.

The meeting will provide information about the Plan, and allow participants to offer input as part of the update process.

The Strategic Plan provides overall direction of NID, and sets the District’s guiding policies. It affirms the District’s core mission to provide a dependable, quality water supply while continuing to be good stewards of the watersheds and conserving the available resources in our care.

The current Plan also identifies four main District goals:

  1. Continued health of the District is dependent upon the proactive management of our physical, financial, and human resources.
  2. Stewardship of District resources requires a collaborative and responsive relationship with our Local and Regional community.
  3. 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.
  4. Integration of proven practices and technologies enhances efficiency and reliability throughout the District.

The current Strategic Plan remains in effect until updated and adopted by NID’s Board of Directors.

The Sept. 3 workshop is from 6-8 p.m.at NID’s main office, 1036 W. Main Street in Grass Valley.

A second public workshop will be held Sept. 17 from 6-8 p.m.at the main office. Both meetings will be managed by a professional facilitator. Both meetings will be livestreamed.


Learn more about NID’s Strategic Plan, click here
Download the 2016-2018 Strategic Plan, click here

Orchard Spring Campground Easter Egg Hunt – April 20

April 15, 2019

Join us for the 12th annual Orchard Springs Easter Egg Hunt at 11:30 on Saturday, April 20.

Prize eggs to be found and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny!



Quagga and Zebra Mussel Prevention and Monitoring Program

April 12, 2019

The Program aims to assess the current vulnerability and prevent the introduction of quagga and zebra mussels (dreissenid mussels) into three lower-elevation storage facilities: Scotts Flat, Rollins and Combie Reservoirs.

Funding was obtained through a grant with the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) to develop a Vulnerability Assessment and Prevention/Monitoring Plan

The Program assesses the vulnerability of these reservoirs to the introduction of non-native dreissenid mussel species by:
* Monitoring the number of visitors
* Inquire as to the origin of visitors (relative to Dreissenid infested waters)
* Monitor outside equipment that is allowed (rentals)
* Survey the duration of use (day use, slipped/moored)
* Monitor access (managed or unmanaged)
* Prevention efforts being implemented
* Education efforts being implemented

The program is designed to prevent the introduction of non-native dreissenid mussel species includes, at a minimum, all of the following:
* Public education consisting of handouts, flyers, signage, postings and verbal communication and education.
* Monitoring that consists of applying substrate for monitoring the adult and/or larval mussels and water quality conditions to determine viability of adult and/or mussels survival.
* Management of those recreational, boating or fishing activities that are permitted which may include: inspections, decontamination stations and/or information where to decontaminate a vessel, exit inspections and banding of vessels to trailers.

Read the Quagga/Zebra Mussel Vulnerability Assessment Report and Prevention/Monitoring Plan (June 2018)




NID receives an award for excellence in financial reporting

March 12, 2019

For the third consecutive year, Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA).

The Certificate of Achievement is the international association’s highest form of recognition, awarded to NID for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). In order to receive the honor, a municipality, agency or special district must publish an efficiently organized and easily readable report that exceeds both generally accepted accounting principles and meets applicable legal requirements.

NID is proud to accept the Certificate of Achievement. Earning the award is recognition of NID’s continuing efforts to deliver exceptional quality service and financial openness.

Based in Chicago, GFOA was founded in 1906, and represents public finance officials throughout the United States and Canada. The association’s 20,000 members are federal, state and local finance officials involved in planning, financing, and implementing governmental operations.

Read more about NID’s financial policies and practices here.

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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Winds cause temporary water service disruption in Placer County

October 15, 2018

Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has announced water service disruption in Placer County due to Sunday’s high winds.

Strong winds blew tree needles, leaves and debris into Combie Ophir Canal II and Combie Ophir Canal III, plugging the racks and causing a temporary disruption to service.

NID crews have responded to remove the debris and clear the racks. Water service is estimated to be restored by late Monday night.

For updates, check NID’s website here.

A reminder to practice fire-safe camping while summer winds down

August 20, 2018

School is back in session, and summer is waning. However, the risk of wildfire continues with hot days and dry vegetation. Nevada Irrigation District (NID) wants to remind campers and day-users to be vigilant about fire-safe behavior.

NID’s campgrounds remain open in the foothills at Rollins and Scotts Flat reservoirs, as well as higher in the Sierra at Jackson Meadows Reservoir and at Bowman, Canyon Creek, Sawmill and Faucherie lakes.

NID asks that visitors continue to be diligent in their commitments to fire-safe behavior. The District maintains a strict policy that campfires are permitted only in fire rings and designated camping areas. Also, fires are not allowed on beaches; fires or coals must not be left unattended; fires must be extinguished before leaving campsites or retiring for the evening, and tiki torches are not permitted within any NID facility.

NID personnel routinely inspect campsites for unsafe or inappropriate behavior and educate first-time and seasoned visitors about fire safety and campfire regulations. Fire rules and regulations are posted at all campground kiosks, on campground maps and also at gate entrances. Additional signs have been posted around the District’s recreational facilities for greater visibility.

NID is proud to work with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and the United States Forest Service to address fire risks, and set rules and regulations for its campgrounds.

At lower elevations, Rollins Reservoir features four campgrounds with a combined 250 campsites while Scotts Flat Reservoir has a combined 169 campsites for year-round fun. Seasonal recreation in the high Sierra reservoirs generally runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, depending on weather.

Learn more about NID recreation and camping here.



CCA Roundtable: Agenda, Speaker bios, Information Sheet, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) – read all here

August 17, 2018

Join us! Community Choice Aggregation Roundtable – 6-8 pm – Ponderosa Hall, Nevada County Fairgrounds

Community Choice Aggregation is a way for California communities and utility agencies to provide residents and businesses with a choice of an electric generation provider. CCA is an alternative to the investor-owned utility energy supply system.

Read the roundtable documents here:

Agenda – cca-roundtable_agenda-final

Speaker Bios – cca-roundtable-speaker-bios

Information Sheet – cca-roundtable_faq cca-roundtable_infosheet

Frequently Asked Questions – cca-roundtable_faq