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Possible candidate for Nevada Irrigation District steps forward

Ricki Heck, a county Planning Commission member and businesswoman, has filed paperwork in what she says is an exploratory move toward running for the Nevada Irrigation District.

Heck, a resident of Nevada County for 37 years, would run for the District 1 seat currently held by Director Nancy Weber. Contacted Monday, Weber said she won't seek re-election.

The state of organization document for Heck's committee, filed Thursday, formed a group called the Ricki Heck for Nevada Irrigation District One 2018.

Heck has spoken during NID's public comment period at its meetings and written about the Centennial Dam project in The Union. She's argued before the board that NID needs more transparency. In writing she's called for the board to stop all property purchases for the Centennial project until an environmental impact statement is released.

"Our water is precious, and needs good stewardship to assure clean, safe waters for our farmers, ranchers and families for generations," Heck said when asked about her possible run for office.

The Centennial Dam is arguably the water district's most contentious issue. It's led to standing-room only meetings at Gold Miners Inn and protesters outside NID's West Main Street office in Grass Valley.

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In one meeting Heck asked directors for information about its property purchases connected to Centennial, claiming the board is concealing data by requiring a written request, board minutes state.

"This action by NID, hidden from public view, concealed behind a veil of paperwork is not transparency," Heck writes about NID's property purchases for the dam. "It fosters distrust from the community at a time when NID is asking the public to trust them in their pursuit of Centennial Dam. The public deserves better. I continue to attend every meeting I can and encourage all who are able to do the same."

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.