Environmental Review

On April 10, 2017, The Foothills Water Network (FWN) submitted a joint letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers detailing an extensive list of actions and strategies which, when bundled together, would eliminate the need for the Nevada Irrigation District (NID) to build a major new dam on the Bear River. Read more

We expect the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be available in July 2017. Join us to learn more.

Centennial Dam Maps

The Federal Environmental Review Process for Centennial Dam began on February 10, 2017. US Army Corps of Engineer’s Notice of Intent.

On April 18, 2016 SYRCL & The Foothills Water Network filed a public comment letter to NID (PDF) stating its concerns that the proposed Centennial Dam will have significant environmental impacts on the Bear and Yuba River watersheds and surrounding communities. Read the Comment Letter to NID (PDF). Public comment letter writing guide (PDF).

On February 16, 2016 NID submitted a Notice of Preparation: Environmental Impact Report for the Centennial Reservoir Project and Notice of Public Meetings (PDF)

Water Rights Protest

On October 25, 2016 The Foothills Water Network submitted a water rights protest to the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) demanding that Nevada Irrigation District’s (NID) water rights application for the proposed Centennial Dam be denied based on environmental, public interest and legal grounds. Read the Press Release (PDF)FWN’s Water Rights Protest (PDF)Attachment 1: Notice of Water Right Application (PDF)

Additional Resources

On April 11, 2017 American Rivers named the Bear River among America’s Most Endangered Rivers®, shining a national spotlight on Centennial Dam that would irreparably harm the river’s fish and wildlife, recreation and Native American heritage. Read the Most Endangered Rivers report (PDF)

On January 11, 2017 a coalition of conservation and community organizations released the a memo detailing the costs of the proposed Centennial Dam. Centennial Dam Projected Cost Estimate Reaches $1 Billion (PDF), prepared by Foothills Water Network.

Best Practices to Consider When Evaluating Water Conservation and Efficiency as an Alternative for Water Supply Expansion (PDF), US EPA (December 2016)

Additional Contacts

NID’s Centennial Dam, contact:

Foothills Water Network, contact: Traci Sheehan, Coordinator

Save Bear River, contact:

State Water Resources Control Board
, contact: Jeffrey Parks, Water Resource Control Engineer,