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New Study Phase For Centennial Dam Project

The next study phase of the Centennial Reservoir Project is gearing up. The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. NID senior engineer Doug Roderick says it involves the construction of a new 110,000 acre-foot reservoir on the Bear River, between Rollins and Combie Reservoirs…

click to listen to Doug Roderick

Roderick says the project will provide drought and climate change mitigation and meet projected future water supply needs for NID customers. Two public scoping meetings are happening next month. The first one will be held at the Holiday Inn Auburn Hotel on March 1st. The second meeting will be held at the Gold Miners Inn/Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley. Both run from 4:30 to 7pm…

click to listen to Doug Roderick

The draft EIS is expected to be available to the public by January of next year. NID is also expected to release its draft Environmental Impact Report in the third or fourth quarter of this year, that’ll include a more precise cost. Another public hearing will be held during that time.

1 Comment

May 6, 2017

james popa

NO, NO, NO on the dam. Flooding mile after mile of beautiful canyon property for what amounts to a long & narrow relatively small reservoir (110,000 acre feet) is not the answer. Management of existing resources should be employed to the fullest. Dredging out existing dammed lakes would yield a large increase of storage volume at significantly lesser cost. Dozens of home site & the bear river campground would be GONE. The Dog Bar bridge & miles of roads would have to be replaced & the total costs would likely be over a BILLION $$$$$. NONONO.

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