Concerned about NID project |

Concerned about NID project

While the effort to Save our Historic Canal to preserve the Gracie Ditch (aka Lower Cascade Canal) is noble and worthwhile, the outgrowth of that are plans to reroute the water pipe system through my neighborhood with a huge and devastating impact. NID is currently planning to run a 51/2-mile, 5-foot diameter pipe buried four feet deep through mostly private property and neighborhoods paralleling Banner Lava Cap and Idaho Maryland before connecting to Loma Rica reservoir and eventually to the water treatment plant on lower Banner. The piping would zigzag across the forest and streets with an up to 40-foot-wide path covering the pipe, substantially impacting the visual attractiveness and potentially the value of homes, in addition to private yards, private wells, old beautiful trees and natural landscaping, while creating chaos and traffic problems for a likely period of several years.

I urge others to support the Banner Mountain Homeowner Association residents in organizing and developing substantial support to save our private property from being degraded and run over literally by NID.

Alternative routing methods have apparently not been adequately thought out by NID, who seem to view the environmental impact on our property rights with a cavalier attitude. This water flow will also impact the flow of the Gracie Ditch with perhaps a trickle remaining.

Why do we need so much more water? Is this a call for more development? Where are the guarantees that come some future date the water won’t end up being sold to users far to the south? Water won’t even be available in our neighborhood; we’re all on wells. We don’t even have fire hydrants available.

Alternatives were discussed at a special community meeting on March 2, but financial and appropriate legal aid appears essential to successfully turn this thing around. Speak to elected officials, contribute where you can. This is another case of our property rights being taken away if people just let it slide. For more information check the web site:

JD Walz

Nevada City

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