NID works to remedy water canal
An endangered Nevada County flume that supplies water to Placer County is being repaired in hopes it can be fully operational in time for the irrigation season.
Nevada Irrigation District officials learned Tuesday that a portion of a PG&E canal below the Rollins Reservoir in the Bear River Canyon has shifted because of a slide. NID shares the canal with PG&E for water delivery to Auburn and other parts of Placer County.
The canal carries supplemental water NID sells to South Sutter Water District every year.
PG&E spokeswoman Lisa Randle said crews Tuesday were already fixing the flume, which had dropped several inches and had a bent post. Water flow was reduced in the flume, and it should be repaired for April 15, the start of the irrigation season.
Shifting land has hurt water canals in the area before. NID had its Combie Aqueduct downstream fail two years ago because of spring land movement. Another portion of the structure had to be repaired last year because of a slide.
In other business:
• NID might take over the small, privately owned North Combie Reservoir power plant at the Nevada-Placer county border.
General Manager Ron Nelson said NID could take over the plant by installing a turbine for $14,000 while letting the owners keep $12,000 in hydroelectric revenues.
The plant is very small and strangely engineered, Miller said, but owning it could bring future hydroelectric sales and other possibilities .
“You take it over and you are in a position to reap the benefits,” Miller said.
• Committee members learned that a service area agreement could soon be reached with the Placer County Water Agency. The agreement will detail water deliveries to north Placer County and Lincoln for both agencies.
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