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Wilcox on water sales

The recent assertion by Mr. Chatigny [retired Nevada Irrigation District general manager] that NID only occasionally has surplus water is factually incorrect. [“NID water sales,” election letter to the editor, Oct. 15.] Over the past 40 years, NID has regularly sold significant amounts of water, at far below market rates, to South Sutter Water District and other local agencies. Had these transfers been at full rates, additional funds would have been available to offset rate increases and invest in new infrastructure.

NID engineers have reported that in an average year, surplus supplies exist in the amount of 38,400 acre-feet and would be available for sale. If this amount of water were sold at the current going rate of $150 per acre-foot, NID could indeed realize more than $5 million of new income.

Mr. Chatigny implied that transfers would be physically impossible due to lack of conveyance capacity. Such transfers are now routinely accomplished by releasing water to the natural stream channels after having produced hydropower.



My work with the State Water Board has had a beneficial impact on NID’s water rights. The analyses that I performed guaranteed that NID would not have to contribute water to meet water quality standards in the Delta. NID would benefit from my knowledge of water rights issues and statewide water operations.

Nick Wilcox




NID board candidate

Penn Valley


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