NID bargains with Centennial Dam opponents
The state water resources control board received and accepted protests against NID’s application from the following groups:
County of Placer
Department of Fish and Wildlife
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Placer County Water Agency
South Sutter Water District
Foothills Water Network
David and Cheryl Sprunck
Contra Costa Water District
Nevada City Rancheria Tribal Council
Richard and Stephanie Curin
Dianna and Cam Suarez
Cecelia Hulett, Joan Hoss, Kirsten Mitchell c/o Marsha A. Burch
Pacific Gas & Electric
American River Watershed Institute
Nevada Irrigation District is negotiating with groups that have filed protests against its application for water rights on the Bear River.
The district has applied to divert up to 221,400 acre feet of water annually on the Bear River to feed the proposed Centennial Reservoir. In order to begin diversion, the district’s application for water rights must be accepted, said Timothy Moran, a public information officer for the State Water Resources Control Board.
California’s Department of Finance filed an application for water rights on the Bear River in 1927 as a placeholder for future needs, and NID is attempting to take over a portion of that application for its proposed reservoir project, Moran said.
Eventually, the Control Board will hold a hearing to decide whether it will grant NID’s petition, but the district must first complete other steps in the application process, including an environmental impact report, according to Moran.
A hearing for NID’s application is not yet scheduled.
According to NID General Manager Remleh Scherzinger, the district plans to release an environmental impact report for the project late next year.
The district’s application was filed in 2014 and the Control Board accepted protests until October 2016. Prior to the deadline, the Control Board received and accepted 14 protests.
If NID is unable to resolve all 14 protests before its hearing, the Control Board can deny the district’s water rights application, add conditions to NID’s permit to address specific protest concerns, or grant the permit with no additional conditions.
When asked whether any protests had been resolved during the negotiation process, Scherzinger said Monday the district is “still negotiating.”
Typically, when the Control Board conducts hearings on applications with unresolved protests, it adds conditions to address “valid, substantiated concerns that the board is convinced by,” Moran said.
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