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Sierra foothill water issues explored at public forum

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Water issues facing the Sierra foothills will be explored during a special community meeting hosted by the Nevada Irrigation District.

Water Summit 2014 will be held from 6-8 p.m. July 24, in the Don Baggett Theater at Nevada Union High School, 11761 Ridge Road, in Grass Valley.

Community and water industry leaders from around Nevada and Placer counties have been invited to attend the meeting, which is also open to the public.

“We want to share some of the concerns we have,” said NID General Manager Rem Scherzinger. “The drought, climate change and changing state regulations are bringing uncertainty to the district’s water supply and operations.

“How can our community best respond to these challenges and better prepare for the future? We want to hear from our community.”

NID Board President John Drew will welcome guests and open the meeting, NID Water Operations Manager Chip Close will provide a water supply and operations overview, NID special counsel Dustin Cooper will address issues involving NID water rights and NID general counsel Jeff Meith will provide information on how other agencies are dealing with similar issues.

Scherzinger will provide a summary and overview and will lead a question and answer and public comment period.

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