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Doug Roderick: Community support for reservoir project

We at the Nevada Irrigation District thank the foothill residents for their tremendous support of the Centennial Reservoir Project this early in the process.

We know future droughts are imminent so we must ensure we are capturing and storing water during times when it is abundant so that when we need it most — during the hot summer months — we have it. The reservoir will hold 110,000 acre-feet of water and ensure that Nevada and Placer counties and all communities served by the NID have access to an available and reliable source of water in the future.

With a warming climate, less snowpack but greater rainfall and other unpredictable factors upon us and looming, the reservoir will give all of us greater certainty and predictability. By doing so, we will be protecting ourselves against future drought.

It is clear that citizens in Nevada County recognize the promise the Centennial Reservoir holds for residents, agriculture, small business and jobs, and we encourage your continued feedback and participation. Together, we will finally ensure we have a body of water here that provides our communities with a safe, reliable and sustainable water supply for generations to come.

Doug Roderick P.E., senior engineer

Nevada Irrigation District