NEVADA CITY, Calif. October 4, 2013 - The Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba (CABY) Rivers region will benefit from $3.3 million in State grant funds to improve water quality, water supply, and water distribution infrastructure through implementation of 16 projects. Mayor Sally Harris expressed the City Council's longstanding support for the GABY projects: "We are pleased to finally have reached the implementation phase after completing four years of planning, application submittal and contract approvals to install water quality and conservation improvements to water systems in Nevada City, Washington County Water District and Placer County Water Agency."
The City of Nevada City serves as overall sponsor of the grant, and will begin work on some of its eight projects, which total approximately $1.5 million, next month. Other water projects included in the grant are for Washington County Water District, $1.4 million for six projects; Placer County Water Agency, $230,000 for one project, and American Rivers, $160,000 for one project. (See complete list of water projects at cabyregion.org).
All of Nevada City's projects, except one, involve needed improvements, such as replacing 100-year-old pipes, installing water meters on City facilities, and reducing water loss from storage tanks.
One project will help Nevada City better prepare for drought conditions. It includes development of a Drought Action Plan for the City, which will dictate water supply procedures in times of drought (with both voluntary and mandatory water use reduction phases); updating the City's capital improvement plan for water supply infrastructure to meet the needs of the Drought Action Plan; and a longer-term plan for reducing overall water demand throughout the community through water conservation measures, including public educational workshops.
The Drought Planning Project seeks participation by citizens with technical expertise or knowledge about infrastructure, drought or drought impacts, long-range planning, or interest in water conservation or in-home water use, to participate in a four- to -eight-person Technical Advisory Committee. The short-term committee would meet about five times over the coming year, in approximately two-hour facilitated meetings (first meeting in November}.
Citizens interested in being considered for the Drought Plan Technical Advisory Committee should submit a one-page statement of interest by dropping it off at City Hall with Customer Service Clerk Brenda Peters, or emailing it to Drought Plan Team member Sara Johnson (see below) by Tues., October 22.
CABY is a collaborative planning coalition of 45 groups across the Cosumnes, American, Bear and Yuba watersheds, representing water and government agencies, non-profits, agriculture, tribes and other interests. The City of Nevada City, a GABY member, will administer the grant on behalf of the other three project sponsors.
The State Department of Water Resources grant is funded through Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006, and enables implementation of priority projects in the GABY region's Integrated Regional Water Management Plan (IRWMP}.
For more information about the Implementation Grant, contact City Manager David Brennan (see above). For more information about the Drought Plan Technical Advisory Committee, contact Drought Plan team member Sara Johnson, 707-338-1191, or Sara@Burdico.net. See also: CABY website, CABYregion.org.
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