Homeowners sue NID over Banner pipeline | TheUnion.com

Homeowners sue NID over Banner pipeline

Five years of negotiation apparently did not satisfy Banner Mountain homeowners faced with the construction of a major water pipeline.

Friday, the homeowners sued the Nevada Irrigation District, saying the Banner/Cascade Pipeline Project’s environmental report does not protect their wells or ensure NID will supply them water in the future. The lawsuit filed in Nevada County Superior Court by Attorney Marsha Burch also says the report does not protect property rights or the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

NID Assistant Manager Tim Crough late Friday said he had not seen the lawsuit and had no comment.

NID board members approved the $36 million, 4-foot wide pipeline to carry raw water in mid-February. It was conceived to replace two old NID canals and provide a better delivery system for area growth.

The suit filed for the Banner Mountain Homeowners Association Pipeline Committee “is a challenge to the project approval on the grounds the environmental review was insufficient,” Burch said. “We’re seeking adequate review” before the project is started.

The pipeline would go from Banner Mountain above Nevada City to the E. George Water Treatment Plant on Banner Lava Cap Road.

The plan includes a treated water line to provide service to those whose wells along the pipeline might be impacted by the project. However, the suit says NID’s environmental report leaves it open for NID to scrap the treated water line at a later date.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail davem@theunion.com, or call 477-4237.

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