NID Board Meeting this Wednesday: August 22, 2018

  • When: Wednesday, August 22, 2018 9AM
  • Where: 1036 W Main St, Grass Valley, CA 95945

The board meeting agenda can be found here. The next meeting is September 6, 2018. The NID Board normally meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month at 9:00am.

The Money Question: Centennial Audit

Last month, Nevada Irrigation District released the Centennial Project Audit. A new version of the audit will be reviewed for the first time this week. You can read the full July report here, and the new August version here

The original request for the audit was made by NID Board Director, Nancy Weber, back in December 2017. The goal was to reveal how much NID had spent on the project so far, improve cost transparency, and to obtain a final project cost estimate. Unfortunately, the end-product leaves us with more questions than answers. 

Why doesn't NID have the proper documentation for all purchased properties? 

Why did NID approve the additional spending of $525,000 in closed session? 

Even more disappointing, we still don't know how much Centennial will cost or who will pay for the project. 

What do we know? NID has budgeted to spend an additional $2 million on the project next year, despite focusing on the "Raw Water Master Plan."

Want answers? JOIN US at the Board meeting this Wednesday August 22nd. 
JOIN US: Colfax Indian Day
Do you know that Centennial will destroy a culturally and historically significant landscape? Learn more at the Colfax-Todds Valley Consolidated Tribe of the Colfax Rancheria's 1st Annual Colfax Indian Day Event! This event brings together the Native and Non-Native Communities to educate everyone about the Nisenan & Miwok people of the Colfax area. They will have traditional dancers, food and many different types of demonstrations and artisans. Enjoy this incredible celebration and make sure to stop by the Stop Centennial Dam table while you're there! 
  • What: Colfax Indian Day
  • When: Saturday, August 25th 10AM-3PM
  • Where: 55 School St. Colfax, CA 95713
  • Volunteer: Dam Watchdog volunteers still needed for our Centennial Dam table.  Shifts available for 10am-1pm & 1pm-4pm, email Daniel Belshe ( for more information.
Questions? Contact Clyde Prout (916) 577-3558 or Steve Prout (916)470-6866. Also check out their Facebook event here

Join us for an evening hike along the Bear River while you learn about the trees and shrubs that inhabit its banks and how they are an important part of a healthy river. Our walk will be led by two plant experts: SYRCL’s own scientist and plant expert Betsy Harbert and Wolf Creek Community Alliance biologist, Josie Crawford.

We will learn to identify local species of trees and shrubs, their place in the river ecosystem, and how this area could be affected if the Centennial Dam is built.

This easy walk will last approximately an hour and a half and cover about two miles of mostly flat, shady trail along the clear, cool waters of the Bear River, at a botanist’s pace (slow). Read more. 

RSVP to save your spot: Daniel Belshe, Community Engagement Manager,

Monkey flower bush, native California species. 
Become a Citizen Scientist and report on iNaturalist! 
  • What: Sierra Streams Institute (SSI) and SYRCL are partnering to report all the incredible flora and fauna our communities enjoy along the Bear River. Click here to become a member of the project and report what you see. The iNaturalist platform lets you add descriptions, pictures and see what other Bear River lovers have observed. 
  • When: Anytime, but sign up NOW to get started! Over 60 species have already been observed.
  • Why: This project allows us to track all the incredible wildlife in the Bear River Watershed that would be flooded by Centennial Dam. 
Special thanks to SSI for this incredible project, we are so excited that there are such talented and incredible organizations working on the Bear - and look forward to more partnerships in the future. 
Photo of the Bear River by Gary Moon. 

Dam(ing) Press

Check out these fascinating and relevant articles surrounding dam issues in California, the West and beyond:

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