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Initial Funding Rejected For Centennial Dam

The California Water Commission confirms a recent report that it has not approved an initial funding request for the proposed Centennial Dam. That’s after a review of projects from 11 applicants who want to tap into the huge state water bond approved by voters as Proposition One. The Nevada Irrigation District requested 12-million dollars for Centennial Dam, But NID General Manager Rem Scherzinger says he doesn’t consider this a setback for a project that’s now currently estimated to cost 342-million dollars. And he says it’s just the first step in the process…

click to listen to Rem Scherzinger

Scherzinger says applying for the money is more about showing that NID is fiscally responsible…

click to listen to Rem Scherzinger

The Commission says projects eligible for funding are required to serve the Delta ecosystem or its tributaries. Scherzinger says NID considers the Bear River as a Delta tributary and that they’re still waiting for more information from the Department of Fish and Wildlife before submitting more documentation to the Commission about the environmental benefits. The project has been the subject of a steady stream of opponents at NID board meetings, who have been citing the lack of more specific financial and environmental information.

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February 6, 2018

Dianna Suarez

Regarding Rem Scherzinger's statements; 3 projects out of 11 came out with a zero. That is not half. Also in order to get the money, they have to give up some water to the Delta. The only part of the District below the proposed dam site is Northern Auburn and Lincoln. There is ample opportunity to store water in the groundwater aquifer beneath Lincoln without destroying the Bear River Canyon.

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