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NID lauded for Auburn Ravine Fish Passage Project

Dave Carter
Submitted to The Union

Leaders of the Auburn-based community group Save Auburn Ravine Salmon and Steelhead traveled to Grass Valley Wednesday to thank and congratulate the Nevada Irrigation District for a recent streambed improvement project.

A year ago, NID completed what is called the Auburn Ravine Fish Passage Project, an innovative streambed improvement that allows migrating fish to pass over an NID water measurement station on the creek in the city of Lincoln.

Success of the structure was measured during the recent fall migration season when at one point 274 spawning fish and 45 redds (nests) were counted in areas upstream of the new facility.

SARSAS representatives Jack Sanchez and Steve Hubbard screened a 17-minute video for the NID Board of Directors showing the new fish ladder and fish migrating to an additional two-mile stretch of the creek.

"NID did a tremendous job and deserves recognition," said Hubbard, who noted the district collaborated with several other groups and agencies. "It was a successful project for everyone."

The presentation also included a discussion of NID's Hemphill diversion dam, which is two miles above the new structure. District and SARSAS leaders have been developing plans to mitigate fish migration impediments there.

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In other business, directors:

• heard a report from General Manager Rem Scherzinger on NID's recent intervention into a lawsuit filed by the Yuba County Water Agency, which challenges the 2012 biological opinion issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operation Englebright and Daguerre Point dams on the Lower Yuba River. NID legal counsel Jeff Meith said NID's water and power operations are operated independently miles upstream and should not be considered to be part of operations on the Lower Yuba River.

• approved a five-year lease with Kathryn and Matthew Kreeger for operation of a seasonal Beach Hut Deli concession at the Rollins Reservoir Long Ravine Campground.

• approved a $49,090 contract with Tony Unger Construction for the reconstruction of an outdoor deck at the Long Ravine. Unger's bid was the lowest among three submitted to the district.

• welcomed new employee Alex Ramirez, who joined NID Feb. 25 as a part-time meter reader. The Nevada Union High School graduate had worked as a temporary employee since November.

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