Supervisors seek funds for Sierra conservancy | TheUnion.com

Supervisors seek funds for Sierra conservancy

Dave Moller
Senior Staff Writer

To keep money flowing into ecologic and economic projects in the Sierra, the Nevada County Supervisors have lobbied area legislators to fund them through a water bond measure currently being negotiated by the state legislature.

In a letter sent this week, the board is asking to fund the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, that was originally funded with $50 million in 2007 after the passage of Prop. 84.

“That money has run out,” according to Supervisor Nate Beason of the Nevada City area, who spearheaded the idea for the letter to Assemblyman Dan Logue (R-Linda), and area State Senators Sam Aanestad, (R-Grass Valley), and Dave Cox (R-Fair Oaks).

The conservancy has given out $20 million so far, with about $1.9 million coming to Nevada County projects, including $1 million to help purchase 2,700 acres along the Middle Fork of the Yuba River to connect Bullards Bar Recreation Area to the South Yuba River State Park.

To give input on protecting the Sierra’s watershed, ecology and economic health, the conservancy is holding a Web-based symposium at various locations around the Sierra Thursday.

The closest symposium for Nevada County will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Holiday Inn Express ballroom at 121 Bank St., in Grass Valley.

For the full story, see Thursday’s edition of The Union.


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