Grass Valley, CA December 14, 2017 – The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) Board of Directors named new officers for 2018 and authorized a slight fee increase to benefit recreation facilities during its Dec. 13 meeting. Present were President Nick Wilcox, Vice President William Morebeck, alongside Directors Nancy Weber, John H. Drew and Scott Miller.

Directors named new officers for 2018: Morebeck will serve as Board president, while John Drew will serve as vice president. Morebeck of rural Lincoln, Placer County, joined the Board in July 2015 as the District IV representative. He has been the small farms representative on the Placer County Agricultural Commission since 1998 and is a past president of PlacerGROWN. Drew, of Chicago Park, has served on the Board since 2002. He is a registered organic farmer and longtime leader of the local agricultural community.

In other NID Board matters, the District will enact a 3 percent increase to fees in 2018 as part of its commitment to improve the visitor experience at its many recreational facilities. These include campgrounds, reservoir docks and recreational structures, bathrooms, roads and other visitor services.

Examples of the fee changes are: $1 increase for day use, a $1 increase for camping at Scotts Flat and Orchard Springs camping sites; $1 increase for day-use boat or kayak; and a $5 increase for non-camper RV dump fees. See the entire list here. For more information about NID recreation, click here.

The Board also approved projects to extend services around the District, including $2.6 million for the Rattlesnake Road Backbone Extension Project, which will provide for a feed for the water supply to more than 4,000 LaBarr Meadows, Alta Sierra, and Brewer area connections; more than $1 million for construction of the Fay Road Pipeline Project for potential new NID customers and to enable higher flows to Lake of the Pines; and $300,000 for the construction of the Brewer Road Extension Project to complete the pipeline portion of the north end of the Alta Sierra-to-Lake of the Pines pipeline.

Directors also heard an update of the Centennial Dam budget and expenditures from 2014 – 2017. Read more here.

The General Manager reported district water storage is 208,260 acre-feet, which is 138 percent of maximum capacity or 79 percent of average for the water year.

The next regular meeting of the NID Board of Directors will be held at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 at the NID Business Center located at 1036 West Main Street, Grass Valley. NID Board meetings are open to the public.