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Pipeline report released to public

Dave Moller

The draft report on the environmental impacts of the Nevada Irrigation District’s Banner/Cascade Pipeline Project will be issued to the public Monday despite concerns from an NID director.

The NID board Wednesday voted to release the draft environmental report as board member Nancy Weber expressed reservations about the project. Weber represents the Banner Mountain area through which the pipeline to replace the Lower Cascade Canal will go.

Weber said she fears the proposed route of the pipeline through the Wings of Morning Drive area will become expensive if wells and structures are damaged by the 48-inch pipeline project.

“It’s a narrow county road, and (the project) completely changes the character of the neighborhood,” Weber said.

She said she wanted a cost comparison with the proposed route to running the pipeline down Banner Lava Cap Road. “In the long run, it may save money,” Weber said.

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The project is a reaction to expected county growth, most of which the water district thinks will occur within its borders. NID said state figures show Nevada County currently has 95,000 people, with an expected 122,000 by 2020.

The district will take public comment on the project at workshops on May 26 and June 15 at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge.

Copies of the report are available at:

– House of Print and Copy, 11501 Nevada City Highway in Grass Valley.

– The project Web site, http://www.lowercascadecanal.com

– NID’s main office in CD form only at 1036 West Main St. in Grass Valley.

Once the 60-day comment period is up in mid-July, NID will put the input into the final report, which will go before the board this fall. At that time, the board can approve the project or call for changes.

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KNOW AND GO

What: Banner Cascade/Pipeline Project Workshops

Where: Grass Valley Elks Lodge, 109 South School St., Grass Valley.

When: 6 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, May 26, and Tuesday, June 15.

Why: To explain the project’s environmental report and ask for public input.


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