Centennial Dam Resources

Last May 21, 2018 letter from The Foothills Water Network (FWN) to the NID Board and April 26, 2018, letter from SYRCL to the NID Board, requests that expenditures, including property acquisitions, legal analysis, planning, engineering, promotion, study, and all field work related to Centennial Dam cease while the Raw Water Master Plan (RWMP) update process proceeds and comes to its objective conclusion. Read more

Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) Proposition 1 Funding

Centennial Dam Maps

On May 1, 2018, the California Water Commission (CWC) officially declared the Centennial Dam project application ineligible for Water Storage Investment Program (WSIP) Proposition 1 funding. The Commissioners’ unanimous ruling came late afternoon on Tuesday, May 1, the first day of their three-day meeting focused on finalizing the public benefit ratio scores for all WSIP project applicants. Read more

On February 2, 2018, the California Water Commission (CWC) released the Public Benefit Ratio (PBR) for the Centennial Dam Project on the Bear River. According to state technical reviewers of the application submitted by the Nevada Irrigation District (NID), Centennial Dam has a public benefit ratio of zero. Read more

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 Fall 2018. Join us to learn more.

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 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: Centennial@NIDWater.com

Foothills Water Network, contact: Traci Sheehan, Coordinator

Save Bear River, contact: info@SaveBearRiver.com

State Water Resources Control Board
, contact: Jeffrey Parks, Water Resource Control Engineer, Jeff.Parks@Waterboards.ca.gov