"Nevada Irrigation District has spent just over $11.3 million to date on its proposed Centennial Reservoir project along the Bear River, Project Manager Doug Roderick said Wednesday.
"...the district has so far purchased 25 properties — eight of which include homes — near the Bear River in preparation for the reservoir project. The district has spent $5,455,519 on property acquisitions, he said.
"NID has also spent money on engineering and real estate consultants, staff time and legal fees related to the Centennial project..."
July 26, 2017
Be Skeptical of NID Scare Tactics
By Peter Van Zant
"Nevada Irrigation District (NID) still hasn’t dropped its ill-conceived plan to build Centennial Dam on the Bear River. They have yet to demonstrate the need for the project or explained how they plan to pay for the dam’s construction. And there is no assurance that the ratepayers won’t get stuck with the $1 billion tab either.
"In the face of mounting public opposition, NID resorts to using scare tactics. The latest is NID’s claim that someone is going to take our water if we don’t ‘use’ it. However, California water rights laws guarantee that NID will always have priority over any other water agency for the rights to the water needed in the NID service area.
July 20, 2017
No to Centennial Dam — Save Bear River
By Lucy Clark, Auburn
"When my soul is weary and I feel disconnected from every beautiful thing around me, I go to the Bear River.
..."Here in this rare place, we are surrounded by beauty not created by man. It touches something in me, and I realize that, once again, I feel collected, gathered, and whole. And I find I am able to love again...
..."We cannot dam this river without damning ourselves, for we cannot find ourselves in yet another Wal-Mart parking lot.
"If you want to know more, go to the river, or visit this website: savebearriver.com . You may find out what is worth saving."
July 16, 2017
More than Transparency
By Bob Branstrom, Grass Valley
"...NID announced its plans to build Centennial over a year ago and has been moving forward with those plans ever since....
"On a project of this size, the public must be allowed more opportunity to participate. The public has made significant efforts to become involved, through comments at board meetings and environmental scoping meetings — and in local media...
"Compounding this problem is NID's lack of transparency about the dam, particularly regarding four key questions: Why build the dam? Where will the water come from? What alternatives have been considered? What will it cost to construct and finance?..."
July 4, 2017
Tip of the NID Iceberg
By Dianna Suarez, Colfax
"Lack of public oversight has allowed the Nevada Irrigation District Board to become a haven for a good old boys club with little regard for ALL of the ratepayers who pay their salaries from their hard earned money taken as taxes and water bills..."
July 26, 2017
Law Enforcement Support for Bear River Park Appreciated
By Dianna Suarez, Colfax
" Bear River Park and campgrounds, just outside of the town of Colfax, has been described as a 'diamond in the rough.' It is well known for its beauty, recreational opportunities, facilities, and campsites next to the river..."
May 31, 2017
NID Should Wait for Study
By: Ricki Heck, Grass Valley
"I am deeply troubled by Nevada Irrigation District’s continued real property acquisitions for the Centennial Dam project. NID is using taxpayer money before it has a permitted project, before any financial analysis, before the completion of the science, cultural and environmental studies and before any permits are issued."
..."Today, I am calling on NID to suspend all further property purchases and negotiations for properties within the Centennial / Bear River project area until the full Environmental Impact Study under NEPA is complete, certified and permits are issued."
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