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Bruce Herring files for Nevada Irrigation District run

Bruce N. Herring, a former principal and vocal opponent of the Centennial Dam project, has filed paperwork in a bid to run for the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors.

Herring, who filed the paperwork Thursday, is running for the Division 2 seat currently held by John Drew. Contacted Thursday, Drew said he intends to seek re-election.

Herring is the second person within a week to file election paperwork for a spot on NID's board. Ricki Heck, who said she's exploring a run, filed hers July 20.

Herring, principal of Bitney College Prep for 10 years, retired in 2013. At the time he called the word "retire" strange, saying he had more to accomplish.

Herring couldn't be reached for comment on Thursday.

This year Herring has written columns in The Union in opposition to the Centennial project — a trait shared with Heck, who's also penned letters to the newspaper about the dam.

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In an April letter Herring discusses steps he'd take if he was a member of NID's board, which include putting more effort into studying alternatives to the reservoir. He urged the NID board to stop the project and instead collaborate with groups like the Foothills Water Network to enhance and restore upstream meadows and wetlands, raise Rollins Reservoir while increasing its sediment removal and repair existing infrastructure.

"A 21st century problem requires 21st century solutions," Herring wrote.

In a June piece Herring writes in rebuttal of a column Drew penned about Centennial. In his column Herring blasts NID for the project's cost, the possible diversion of water from the middle and south forks of the Yuba River and the millions of dollars the district has spent on land acquisitions.

"Let's take a step back and put the dam on hold," Herring writes. "Let us address uncertainty by enhancing natural systems to maximize our adaptive capacity, not tearing them down."

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.