NID seeks input on pipeline project |

NID seeks input on pipeline project

The Nevada Irrigation District is seeking public comment on a new environmental impact report for the Lower Cascade Canal/Banner Cascade Pipeline Project.

The NID board this week agreed to an extended 60-day public review period, beginning March 31. NID is planning public workshops on the report on April 18 and May 2, at times and locations to be announced.

The report will soon be available for public review on the NID website, Free CD copies will be available at the NID Business Center and print copies will be available at cost at a local print shop.

The major pipeline project, in planning for the past four years, would divert some of the water from the Lower Cascade Canal through a buried pipeline across the southern flank of Banner Mountain east of Nevada City.

NID has made the project a top priority because the canal is running at capacity and a more reliable supply is needed for two water treatment plants as well as for irrigation water users in the southern portions of Nevada County.

With an estimated construction cost of $15 million, the Lower Cascade project is the second phase of an overall upgrade of the Cascade water delivery system. NID completed the $18 million Upper Cascade improvement project in 2002.

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