NID major projects all moving ahead |

NID major projects all moving ahead

The Nevada Irrigation District is engulfed in a number of major projects, all of which are progressing at a time when the district is in managerial flux.

In quick succession, NID General Manager Ron Nelson reflected on them at Wednesday’s board meeting.

– A study on the plan to sell water to the City of Lincoln will come out in April. NID officials and the city are working on an agreement for a water treatment plant and water for about 11,000 new homes in the booming area.

– The Raw Water Master Plan is also due in April, Nelson said. The plan is seen as the keystone document for long range planning at the district.

– After the Raw Water Master Plan is adopted, the district will take on a Sphere of Influence Plan to deal with service boundaries. That plan could be contracted out, Nelson said.

– Relicensing NID’s hydroelectric plants will come up soon in an NID Water and Hydroelectric Operations Committee meeting. The federal relicensing for the year 2013 will be open to comment from many camps who could try to alter water flow, including Native Americans, environmentalists and public water interests.

– Precipitation for the year is average despite recent storms.

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