Contrary to rumors, NID water will stay here
If the Nevada Irrigation District had a Department of Rumor Control, this would be its message:
The controversial, proposed 51/2-mile-long irrigation water pipeline that has Banner Mountain residents in an uproar won’t deliver any water to a neighboring county.
“This isn’t going to Placer County,” said NID operations manager Terry Mayfield. “It won’t trickle down to Placer County.”
Accusations flew at an NID directors’ meeting Sept. 25 that NID was sacrificing the property of Banner Mountain residents to pipe water to unnamed developers in Placer County.
Mayfield said any layperson looking at a map of NID’s irrigation ditches could see that’s not true. The proposed pipeline’s water wouldn’t leave Nevada County. Instead, some of it would be fed into south Nevada County irrigation ditches that are tapped out.
The pipeline’s water would supply the Maben and Kyler canals, which have been under a water sale moratorium since 1981, Mayfield said.
The pipeline would also supply three other canals that Mayfield said are just about tapped out: the Rattlesnake, Lower Cascade and the Grove.
The Grove would feed a south county mutual water company that is being formed.
The pipeline would also allow NID to stop operating a station off Greenhorn Road that has pumped water out of the DS canal since 1970 to supply irrigation ditches in such places as Chicago Park, Mayfield said.
Although the proposed Banner Mountain pipeline wouldn’t provide water to Placer County, there’s nothing wrong with supplying water to that county, said Mayfield and NID chief engineer Tim McCall.
NID includes part of Placer County, and the water district has a legal obligation to provide water there, they said.
NID supplies water to the golf course of Lincoln’s Del Webb Sun City, a new development.
NID and the Placer County Water Agency have discussed for a couple of years building a new treated-water plant to serve the fast-growing Lincoln area.
The plant would be fed with NID irrigation water.
But none of that water would come from the proposed pipeline.
“We have other facilities to take water to Placer County. All we have to do is put more water in the Bear River,” McCall said.
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