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Sedimentation Removal Project At Rollins Approved

Removal of sedimentation buildup at Rollins Lake, that is increasingly limiting water storage, is expected to resume in the near future. The Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors has certified the final environmental impact report and adopted a mitigation monitoring and reporting program. District General Manager Rem Scherzinger says sedimentation was limited for many years by an upstream aggregate removal program done by a private company. But it was suspended 13 years ago because of environmental concerns, mainly noise. He says that won’t be an issue with NID’s program…

click to listen Rem Scherzinger

Scherzinger says the program should also reduce illegal activities near the lake, since, unlike the previous contractor, NID uses security for its projects, to make sure facilities and equipment are not damaged…

click to listen to Rem Scherzinger

Scherzinger says around 10-thousand acre-feet, or 17-percent, of Rollins reservoir’s storage space has been lost to sedimentation, or enough water to supply its customers for a year. He says he hopes work can begin next year, depending on permits and rights-of-way being approved.

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