NID board OKs enviromental study for Combie Canal  |

NID board OKs enviromental study for Combie Canal 

Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday approved environmental studies and a project to upgrade the Combie Phase I Canal, a primary water supply to southern Nevada County and wide areas of Placer County.

The Combie Phase I Canal begins below Combie Reservoir on the Bear River.

It provides water to Lake of the Pines and surrounding areas and also crosses the river to supply much of NID’s Placer County service area.

The water project will increase water supply reliability to NID water treatment plants at Lake of the Pines and in North Auburn.

The improvement project — expected to cost several million dollars but not yet budgeted — would upgrade the existing canal, which winds through the steep walls of the Bear River canyon.

District engineers said that a failure of the leaking and deteriorating canal could seriously interrupt downstream water deliveries.

The canal is over 40 years old.

Preliminary plans envision 9,100 feet of dual pipeline within the existing canal alignment and a second parallel pipeline next to an existing line that crosses the Bear River.

Along with project approval, directors declared the project would have no significant environmental impacts.

The board approved a mitigated negative declaration of environmental impacts and authorized staff to notify the counties of Nevada and Placer of the district’s intent to conduct the project.

In other business, NID directors:

—­ Reviewed the process for recruiting a new NID general manager with executive recruiter Stewart Satow of CPS HR Consulting in Sacramento. The district has contracted with the firm to locate a successor to longtime general manager Ron Nelson who is retiring later this year. The tentative schedule calls for the board to appoint the new manager in December.

—­ Heard a presentation from project engineer Doug Roderick on the current Banner Taylor Reservoir Replacement Project, where the district is replacing two lined and covered reservoirs with two new concrete tanks that will store a combined 10.5 million gallons of water.

—­ Approved environmental studies and a project to upgrade and widen the Los Lomas Improvement Club boat ramp at Combie Reservoir. NID Assistant General Manager Tim Crough said NID uses the private ramp for maintenance and inspection purposes and would share costs with nearby residents who operate it.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 26 at the NID Business Center in Grass Valley. NID board meetings are open to the public.

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