SYRCL’s Statement on NID Election Campaign Mailer

A misleading mailer, sent by Rich Johansen, a candidate for the Nevada Irrigation District Board of Directors, implies that SYRCL is a “backer” of his opponent, John Norton.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, SYRCL cannot and does not engage in any political activity, and as an organization SYRCL does not support, oppose, or contribute to any candidates for elected office—period. Details

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Take Action: Tell the Trump Administration to Enforce the Clean Water Act

Did you know that the Yuba and Bear River watersheds are severely impacted by some of the oldest hydropower dams in the country? That is why we are writing to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ask them to protect our rivers by reversing the recent waivers of vital Clean Water Act protections in our watersheds. Details

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A New Beginning for NID

Well, it’s been a rough few years. Challenging a massive infrastructure project backed by an agency essential to life in Nevada County wasn’t easy. As NID pushed the Centennial Dam project forward starting in 2014, SYRCL, supported by hundreds of Dam Watchdogs like you, stood up for the integrity of our community and formally opposed the dam. Details

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NID’s “Unsustainable” Budget and Centennial Spending is Indefensible

“Highlights” of this indefensible budget include a series of water rate increases totaling 46% starting in 2021, a new $30 million dollar bond, and $500,000 in new spending on Centennial Dam each year until 2024. SYRCL and allies have repeatedly asked NID to stop spending on the Centennial project where legally possible—a move that is needed now more than ever. Details

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Stop Centennial Dam Update

Since April 2018, SYRCL and allies have requested NID stop spending on Centennial where legally possible. This has clearly not happened and their proposed 2020 budget is fiscally irresponsible. Details

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The Future of Hydropower Workshop – Part 2

On October 2, the second event in SYRCL’s exciting new educational series, “Watershed Science and Policy in the Sierra Foothills” will focus on The Future of Hydropower in partnership with Nevada County Department of Environmental Health. Details

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NID Stops Buying Properties for Centennial Dam

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) recently announced that they will temporarily stop purchasing property for the foreseeable future – including parcels within the proposed Centennial Dam project area. Details

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New NID Board Fires ‘Plan for Water’ Consultants

At the NID Board Meeting January 23, 2019, the newly seated Board of Directors voted to “terminate without prejudice” Plan for Water facilitation consultants, The Kolbe Company, and chose a new public process, the American Water Works Association M50, that will be guided by public stakeholders. Details

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Breaking News: SYRCL Sends Brown Act Letter to NID

**UPDATE** Breaking News 11/14/18 2 p.m. Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Board of Directors voted unanimously in closed session to rescind Director Miller’s resolution introduced and passed during the Special Board Meeting October 9, 2018. Details

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Four Years Later: NID, Centennial Dam and our Water Future

It has been four years since NID passed closed-session Resolution 2014-43, authorizing a water rights application for a “water storage project on the Bear River” without any public comment or board discussion. This was the beginning of Centennial Dam. Since then, SYRCL and others have tried to bring Centennial Dam into public purview to promote transparency and open dialogue. Details

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