Nevada Irrigation District puts Raw Water Master Plan back on agenda |

Nevada Irrigation District puts Raw Water Master Plan back on agenda

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What: Nevada Irrigation District board meeting

When: 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 22

Where: District board office, 1036 West Main St., Grass Valley

For info: Call 530-273-6185 or go online at

The Nevada Irrigation District is closer to developing a comprehensive public outreach strategy for its Raw Water Master Plan update, after stalling out on the initial stages of the process that began last September.

The district’s board of directors will discuss a Request for Proposals to hire an independent firm to develop that outreach process during its next meeting on May 22.

The Raw Water Master Plan, first developed in 1985, has been formally updated twice since then, in 1993 and 2005. The plan update is intended to develop potential scenarios for the board to consider when determining the best ways to meet the community’s demand for water over the next 50 years.

Changes in water usage and better information on climate change are part of what’s driving the desire for a new update, district staff has said.

The district had hired The Kolbe Company last fall for more than $800,000 to foster a collaborative approach, but pushback from the public and cost-conscious directors led to terminating that contract and starting over.

In February, the Water and Hydroelectric Committee — which includes Directors Chris Bierwagen and Ricki Heck — was charged with creating a stakeholder group and subsequently hosted a workshop on public involvement best practices. The committee made changes to the original RFP in order to meet requests from community members, detailing desired outcomes, but also encouraging alternatives and different viewpoints, the district said in a press release.

“We want to encourage public involvement and conduct a transparent decision-making process,” said district General Manager Rem Scherzinger. “The Raw Water Master Plan update is critical for the community, and will have a far-reaching and long-lasting effect on the region for generations. We appreciate and welcome the community’s input, and are looking forward to reviewing proposals for public outreach.”

Contact reporter Liz Kellar at 530-477-4236 or by email at

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