The Centennial Dam proposal is still moving forward. Unfortunately, this environmentally and culturally damaging 275-foot dam, which threatens the Bear River and 2,200 acres of forested canyon, remains an active project.
In fact, there are dozens of ways Centennial Dam still could advance right under our noses.
A SYRCL member, who is concerned about this situation too, has come forward with a matching gift challenge. Your contribution now will be worth double and will allow us to make the most of this generous offer.
A few weeks ago, I wrote you about the developing situation with Centennial Dam. Recently, the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) board of directors voted unanimously to spend $500,000 to kick off the new “Raw Water Master Plan” (RWMP), which will dictate NID’s water management strategy for the next 50 years. This could include Centennial Dam.
Our policy experts and Dam Watchdogs are tracking this latest development so that the RWMP isn’t used as Centennial’s Trojan Horse.
With your special gift that now will be matched by a generous donor, SYRCL will:
Help us send a message that Centennial Dam activities need to cease and desist, while we step up and claim a voice in a new 50-year water planning effort for our community. We can’t let the RWMP be a smoke screen for a Centennial agenda. And we can’t let any part of Centennial Dam advance “under the radar.”
- Advocate for responsible water management by engaging in the RWMP process,
- Keep monitoring NID meetings and scouring the public record for information,
- Educate the community on how to participate in all public processes, including the RWMP and the delayed environmental review documents for Centennial,
- Reach out to new stakeholders who would be affected by Centennial, and
- Continue demanding answers on who’s paying for Centennial’s $500 million to $1 billion price tag.
For the Yuba and Bear Rivers,
Melinda Booth, Executive Director