The Nevada Irrigation District is preparing to adopt a new Agricultural Water Management Plan that identifies the district’s water supplies, uses and water efficiency practices.
The draft plan was reviewed Wednesday in a public hearing during the regular biweekly meeting of the NID Board of Directors.
NID Water Efficiency Coordinator Lesa Osterholm said the plan is required by state law and must be submitted to the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) by Dec. 31. It must be updated in 2015 and every five years thereafter.
Members of the board noted that NID already has master plans for its irrigation water and drinking water delivery systems and suggested the added requirement is another “unfunded mandate,” bringing costs that must be absorbed by the district and its ratepayers.
The draft plan is available for review during a public comment period that extends through Nov. 1. Copies are available in the front office at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley and on the district website at www.nidwater.com.
The NID board is expected to consider adoption of the plan Nov. 28. In other business, NID directors ratified the assignment of an aggregate mining lease on NID property near Combie Reservoir from longtime operator Chevreaux Aggregates Inc. to Green Vista Land Holdings, LLC.
The aggregate plant has been dormant in recent years due to a slow economy, but Green Vista’s operator, Teichert Aggregates Inc. has recently resumed operations at the site.
The board recognized retiring employee Edmond L. Rossovich Jr. of Grass Valley, who is closing out a 17-year career with the district. The U.S. Marine Corps veteran has worked with NID since 1996, as a construction inspector since 2005. Directors applauded Rossovich for his good work.
The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be at 9 a.m. Nov. 7 at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.