Water district moves ahead with major projects | TheUnion.com

Water district moves ahead with major projects

Two large-scale water projects meant to increase water deliveries to NID customers in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Lincoln are moving ahead.

The $30 million Banner Cascade pipeline project will take pressure off the 80-year-old Lower Cascade Canal, improving water delivery capabilities from 45 cubic foot per second to 95 cubic foot per second when it is complete in 2011 or 2012.

Of 178 “right of entry” letters sent to homeowners living along the future pipeline route, five have refused to grant NID permission to cross their properties.

“They’re actually in locations where we don’t need to go,” said special projects manager Brian Powell.

This summer, the district will continue environmental studies and well monitoring. Public meetings will be held next month.

The water district is seeking input from property owners who may have wells close to roadways where trenches for pipelines will be dug.

A flurry of “right of entry” requests also have been sent to property owners living in the southern part of the district, where a large treatment plant will be built to supply some Lincoln residents with treated water, Powell said.

NID is negotiating with Placer Legacy and Placer Land Trust to cross conservation land where a network of trails are being built at Hidden Falls Regional Park in Auburn.

Construction of the Lincoln project is not expected to begin until 2015, Powell said.

When complete, the treatment plant will clean up to 40 million gallons of water per day, a water supply comparable in size to the one that serves the Grass Valley and Nevada City areas, Powell said.

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