March 2, 2021 – The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) today announced that it has cancelled the planned evening meetings on the Agricultural Water Management Plan (AWMP) previously scheduled for March 3 and 4th. Instead a Board Workshop will be held to review the draft 2020 AWMP at the March 10th Board of Directors Meeting at approximately 9:00 a.m. Final adoption of the AWMP is planned for a public hearing at the March 24th Board Meeting.
The California Water Code requires agricultural water providers, such as NID, to prepare an Agricultural Water Management Plan (AWMP) every five years. The report includes information about NID’s roughly 5,600 agricultural customers such as past water usage, conservation efforts, and other management elements. The AWMP must be adopted by the NID Board of Directors by April 1, 2021, and is due to the State Department of Water Resources within 30 days of adoption.
About ninety percent of all the water delivered by NID is for agricultural use, giving life to approximately 32,000 acres of irrigated land in Nevada and Placer Counties. Most agricultural water customers purchase water seasonally, from mid-April through mid-October. NID’s raw water is conveyed to customers through a unique network of over 500 miles of canal and is used to grow multiple crops including wine grapes, nursery stock, apples, rice, plums, citrus, grass, alfalfa hay, as well as to irrigate pasture.
Due to COVID-19, NID meetings are being held via Zoom. Full details and instructions for how to access the meeting will be provided on the meeting agenda posted on nidwater.com on the Meeting and Minutes page. More information about the AWMP can be found on NID’s website at NIDwater.com under Water, Planning efforts.