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Public invited to attend NID water summit

Keri Brenner
Staff Writer

A water summit next week hosted by Nevada Irrigation District has been opened to the public.

The summit, originally planned for elected officials, community leaders and NID board members, will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 24, in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, Grass Valley.

The public is invited to attend.

"There's a lot of questions running around about water," said Rem Scherzinger, NID general manager. "We want to let everyone know about regulations, the drought and climate change."

Scherzinger said speakers will address at least three broad topics:

– What's happening with the California State Water Resources Control board?

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– What's happening in the Nevada Irrigation District service area?

– How are officials planning for the end of this year?

Scherzinger added that Tuesday's state water board meeting was expected to be mostly directed at water districts in the state that have not yet created a Drought Contingency Plan. Nevada Irrigation District has already established its five-stage Drought Contingency Plan and began implementing it last December. Nevada County is currently in Stage 2, or voluntary 20 percent water use reductions. (see for more information).

Some area media are speculating that mandatory water use reductions and stiffer penalties for water-wasters may go into effect statewide as the result of Tuesday's state water board meeting. A press release on the board's website says the board will "consider the adoption of statewide emergency regulations."

Scherzinger said, however, that since Nevada County has already adopted conservation measures, the county would likely not be immediately affected by Tuesday's rulings. However, that could change as the summer goes on, he said.

"We have days like this when it's unbelievably hot out," Scherzinger said Monday. "If the season continues like this, come fall, we could be in a tough position," he said. "What they (the state water board) will do then is anybody's guess."

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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