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PCWA Takes Stand on Preserving Water Flows

Directors of the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday, Aug. 8, welcomed Einar Maisch and Andy Fecko of the Placer County Water Agency (PCWA) .  Maisch  relayed concerns over impacts on Placer County water supplies due to conditions placed by state and federal resource agencies on the ongoing federal relicensing efforts for PG&E’s Drum-Spaulding Hydroelectric Project and NID’s Yuba-Bear Hydroelectric Project.

Maisch, who is Director of Strategic Affairs for PCWA, says agencies like the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Managment, State Water Quality Control Board and State Fisheries, with their environmental concerns, have imposed unreasonable conditions.

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Placer county Water Agency receives a majority of it’s water from the Yuba and Bear Rivers each year via PG&E water systems and uses that water to supply most of its customers in the center and western portions of Placer County.  Maisch told NID directors that, “This water supply can’t be replaced, and PCWA can’t afford to lose any of it.”

Also at the NID meeting Wednesday, the board  supported a request by residents of Lee Lane on Banner Mountain to solve curb and drainage issues related to the Banner Cascade Pipeline Project.

Residents of the area said the project contractor did not satisfactorily replace and repair curbs and drainage following pipeline construction in their section of the $41 million water system infrastructure project.

The board authorized additional restoration work to be performed by Hansen Brothers Enterprises, Inc. of Grass Valley for $77,915.  Directors also approved a $69,000 budget amendment to cover the added cost.

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