NID board OKs Banner water project |

NID board OKs Banner water project

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Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District this week approved studies and plans for an extension of treated water service to 14 parcels on Banner Mountain near Nevada City.

The Caroline Lane/Winter Moon Way water line extension project includes 2,900 feet of 8-inch and 4-inch pipeline that will be tied into the 12-inch NID main line that runs along Banner Lava Cap Road. The work also includes three fire hydrants.

The project is being financed through a cooperative effort of NID and the participating property owners. NID will seek construction bids for the work and is planning construction for this fall.

In other business during Wednesday's meeting, directors:

— approved a $127,600 contract with HDR Engineering, Inc. to conduct a cultural resources evaluation of NID's Yuba-Bear River Hydroelectric Project.

The study will include assessments of archaeological and NID-built environmental resources including dams, waterways, powerhouses, structures and other facilities.

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The work is being done to meet requirements in NID's ongoing project to obtain a new federal license for the Yuba-Bar Project.

— heard an update on activities of the South Yuba River Citizens League from SYRCL Executive Director Caleb Dardick and Senior River Scientist Gary Reedy, who recounted SYRCL's history and accomplishments and reported on its goals, including the restoration of salmon on the Yuba River watershed. SYRCL's 17th Annual Yuba River Cleanup & Restoration Day is scheduled for Sept. 20.

— heard a water supply update from General Manager Rem Scherzinger, who reported NID water storage at 171,378 acre-feet, which is 91 percent of average for this time of year. He credited NID water users for a 15 percent reduction in water use during this drought year as the district strives to keep more water in storage for next year.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 10, at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.

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