Director questions transparency, accountability, Best Management Practices on Nevada Irrigation District Projects

By: Susan Snider, YubaNet

GRASS VALLEY, May 31, 2010 – Citing violations from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board, Nevada Irrigation District Division I Director Nancy Weber at the May 26 board meeting demanded some answers. “I have a problem and I need some board help,” Weber said to her fellow board members. She held up copies of a recent (Apr. 22) Notice of Violation (NOV) charging that NID failed to provide proper erosion and sediment controls and Best Management Practices (BMPs) on its DS Canal Flume 13 replacement project. Weber then cited a 10/25/07 board meeting where NID’s Chief Engineer, Gary King, reported that Flume 13 was already failing. She asked why the replacement wasn’t done this fall after the irrigation season and before the rains typically begin.

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