Panel discussion to help plan water future set for Oct. 7 |

Panel discussion to help plan water future set for Oct. 7

In light of another uncertain water year, Operation Unite and the Nevada County Association of Realtors have scheduled an opportunity for the Nevada County public to “Plan Their Water Future.” Stephen Baker will lead the public and interested real estate professionals in filling up their water to-do lists and implement each item. Everyone is invited. Experts in groundwater, rainwater harvesting, grey water, irrigation, drought tolerant vegetation and the Yuba River Watershed will be gathered at 336 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley.

Other communities have already experienced the pain created by the water crisis, according to a press release. Nevada County has been fortunate but times are changing, the release states. Sometimes rain comes in buckets and other times it just isn’t delivered. Scientists have also recognized consistent increases in temperature throughout the year. Because of this, our much relied upon snow pack doesn’t fill our reservoirs as it did during the past 100 years. If snowpack does accumulate, it melts quickly and isn’t available when the community needs it.

How we respond to these changes now will have a tremendous impact on how we experience shortage tomorrow, according to the release. Abundant water in our homes and businesses now requires that we think and act in ways that consistently conserve, reuse and supplement our current water supplies with alternative sources through strategic planning. A panel of water experts will provide answers to hydrogeology and wells, grey water, rainwater harvesting, irrigation and drought tolerant vegetations. The panel also provides a holistic perspective with experts from the South Yuba River Citizens League.

The one and one half hour, hands-on lunch workshop is Friday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cost for a reservation is $15 per person (cost of lunch). Call 530-272-2627 for more information.

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