September 14, 2017 – In response to public request, NID will temporarily open the gate on Scotts Flat Dam to allow for access leading up to and during the Barbara Schmidt Millar Triathlon. The gate will be open during the day through Sunday, September 17.
In August, NID installed exclusion fencing and gate across the top of and along the edge of the Scotts Flat spillway. NID has experienced increased public safety concerns in and around the spillway, including unsafe jumping into the lake from the dam, illegal camping and campfires in and around the spillway, and excessive trash and debris.
NID owns and operates the Scotts Flat Dam, including the powerhouse, and is subject to dam safety enforcement by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the California Department of the Safety of Dams (DSOD). NID is subject to regulations applicable to protecting the public so that it shall not constitute a danger to life or property.
The protection and safety of the public and resources are essential to the District and the community at large. The District will hold a special meeting of the Water and Hydroelectric Operations Committee on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at NID’s Main Business Center in order to receive additional input from the community regarding gate and fencing.