Nevada Irrigation District prepares for upper division recreation management |

Nevada Irrigation District prepares for upper division recreation management

Conservation update

NID water users achieved a 36 percent water conservation rate during the month of July, equaling the June level, and meeting the governor’s call for 36 percent reductions. NID Water Operations Manager Chip Close commended local water users and said continued conservation is needed until the drought is over.

— Nevada Irrigation District

The Nevada Irrigation District is moving forward with preliminary plans to manage NID’s mountain division recreational facilities beginning next year.

NID campgrounds and boat launch facilities in the Jackson Meadows and Bowman reservoir areas have been operated by the U.S. Forest Service. As part of NID’s federal licensing of the Yuba-Bear Hydroelectric Project, the district must provide recreation opportunities at its facilities.

NID directors on Wednesday approved a preliminary plan and budget that includes a part-time seasonal facility ranger, seasonal camp hosts, security, maintenance and an ungraded reservation service.

Most of NID’s mountain division recreation takes place at the East Meadows and Woodcamp campgrounds at Jackson Meadows. The Bowman area includes a campground at Faucherie Reservoir and other limited facilities.

In other business, NID directors:

— awarded a $319,224 environmental services contract to Kleinschmidt Energy and Water Resources Consultants for preparation of an environmental impact report (EIR) on Phase II of the district’s Raw Water Master Plan Update. The district first adopted the plan in 1985, initiated a significant update in 2003, and is now completing the second and final phase of the update.

— awarded a $179,000 contract to Syblon Reid Contractors for restoration work on the face of the South Arch Dam at Bowman Reservoir. The dam was last refaced in 1995.

— held a retirement ceremony for Maintenance Supervisor Todd Newman, who retired Aug. 4 from a 21-year career with the district.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Aug. 26 at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.

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