Key Upcoming Dam Watchdog Events

NISENAN PUBLIC DIALOGUE – APRIL 29 & 30

The local Nisenan families invite the general public to come visit as they share their cultural practices, as well as their perspective on  Centennial Dam. Join together with the local Nisenan tribes to take a stand!

Come gather for two Nisenan-led workshops on the threatened Bear River. Find out how to support the Nisenan tribes in their fight to save Bear River–the grounds of their continuing cultural practices. Listen and understand the Native American perspective on the proposed Centennial Dam, while simultaneously gaining a personal appreciation for the surrounding forest and river yourself.

When:  Saturday, April 29, 11am-2am – Offered by Nevada City Rancheria

When: Sunday, April 30, 11am-2pm – Offered by Colfax-Todd Valley Consolidated Tribe

Where: Bear River Group Campground,  2500 Campground Rd., Colfax, CA 95713. Go to the Bear River Campground Day Use Picnic/Parking Lot, which is the furthest area downstream on Campground Road. There will be an information table on the downstream end of the Lot by the gate to the Group Camp.


NEVADA COUNTY DEMOCRATIC PARTY CENTENNIAL DAM DEBATE – MAY 2

Come out for a public discourse on the issues and concerns surrounding Centennial Dam.  The focus of Nevada County Democrats’ First Tuesday Educational Forum will be a debate on the pros and cons of Nevada Irrigation District’s Centennial Dam proposal, followed by a Q&A, on Tuesday, May 2nd at the Peace Lutheran Church, from 6:30pm – 9:00pm.

Speakers include: Rem Scherzinger, Nevada Irrigation District – General Manager , Nick Wilcox, Nevada Irrigation District – President of the Board, Traci Sheenan Van Thull, Foothills Water Network – Lead Coordinator, Otis Wollan, Placer County Water Agency – Former Board Member. Rem Scherzinger and Nick Wilcox will be representing the ‘pro’ argument, while Traci Sheenan Van Thull and Otis Wollan will be representing the ‘con’ argument.

When: Tuesday, May 2, 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Where: Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley, CA 95945


CALIFORNIA RIVERS DAY – MAY 3

You are invited to participate in California Rivers Day this year to give rivers a stronger voice in the State Capitol through education and advocacy. Given the wet winter, there is a lot of activity around water in the legislature and we need to get our message out.

Point Positive toward diverse water management solutions that are resilient in a changing climate. We have an opportunity this year to promote real solutions while also defending rivers from some serious threats in the legislature.

THE SCHEDULE

  • 8:00 am—Meet at Hearing Room/Capital Ballroom for the morning huddle/intro.
  • 9:00 am-5:00 pm—Legislative Meetings. Sign up here!
  • 10:30-11:30 am—Legislative Briefing about: Oroville, Point Positive, flood management, current bills and associated information
  • 5:00 pm—Picture of all advocates on the East Stairs (reason: sunlight)
  • 5:30-8:00 pm Capital River Awards.

BEAR RIVER CELEBRATION & ACTIVIST BOOT CAMP – MAY 5-8

Join a weekend camping retreat celebrating the free-flowing Bear. Get a hands-on education on the issues surrounding Centennial Dam, as well as guidance on how to get involved. Available to all Dam Watchdogs and Save Bear River devotees, the weekend retreat will feature: wildflower & bird walks, inflatable boating and rafting along the Bear, mini-workshops on Centennial Dam issues (e.g. climate change, hydrology, finance, and non-violent communication), Nisenan spokespersons & mini-workshops on cultural heritage, campfires, hiking, music and more! Let’s come together, take meaningful action, and have a bit of fun while we’re at it.

Where: Bear River Campground, 2500 Campground Rd, Colfax, CA 95713. Campground description: http://www.placer.ca.gov/departments/facility/parks/parks-content/parks/bear-river-park-campground

When: Opening 3:00pm on Friday, May 5 – Closing 10:00am on Monday, May 8


NEVADA IRRIGATION DISTRICT BOARD MTG. MAY 10

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has a chance to do what’s right. They can implement best practices for transparent governance.  Until they do, we encourage Dam Watchdogs to show up and give public comment at NID’s future board meetings. The NID board meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 1036 W Main St in Grass Valley. Lot and street parking is limited.  The public comment period begins promptly at 9am.

Let NID know that transparency and openness are essential in maintaining the public’s trust and confidence. It is time for our local water agency to commit to public accountability and step into the 21st century. Not sure what to say? We have drafted suggestions for public comment talking points.

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