The Nevada City office of Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. will conduct environmental studies for the long-term regional water supply project being planned by the Nevada Irrigation District and City of Lincoln.
The NID board of directors on Wednesday awarded the $482,429 consulting services contract to Stantec. Five proposals were considered by a joint city-district committee.
“There was a strong consensus for Stantec,” said NID Division V Director Nick Wilcox, a member of the selection committee.
The collaborative water project has been in planning for several years. It is designed to supply water to lands in and around the city within NID’s boundaries. NID Engineering Manager Gary King said there are presently 3,500 lots within the NID service area.
Founded in Nevada County in 1921, NID has served the Lincoln area since 1926 when Placer County landowners petitioned to be included. The district has supplied irrigation water but not treated drinking water to the Lincoln area. Development of Lincoln in recent decades has increased the need for treated drinking water supplies. The city and NID are studying the addition of new raw water delivery facilities, a new water treatment plant and new pipelines. Plans call for NID to produce treated water and transfer it to the city for distribution through the municipal pipeline system.
The Stantec Nevada City team, with assistance from the firm’s Rocklin office, will perform the fieldwork, studies, coordination and public outreach needed to ensure the project’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The work is expected to take 18 months.
NID board members canceled their regularly scheduled board meeting of May 8 and will next meet at 9 a.m., May 22, at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.