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)

Environmental Review

Centennial Dam Maps

On February 10, 2017 the Centennial Dam’s Federal Environmental Review Process Starts Now. US Army Corps of Engineer’s Notice of Intent.

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

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).

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

Additional Resources

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.

New California Dam Proposed to Combat Climate Change Concerns, article by Matt Weiser, from the blog Water Deeply, about Centennial Dam (January 9, 2017)

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,