Message from the General Manager
The first two months of 2022 are shaping up to be the driest in California history, after record-setting storms in October and then December. NID’s reservoirs are just below average for this time of year. And now we are hoping for a March Miracle to bring some cold temperatures and much snow in the Sierra. When that snow melts, the runoff flows down to the foothills through the District’s infrastructure to your fields and taps.
Read on to learn about what is happening at NID. This newsletter is a valuable resource to stay up to date on projects underway, the Plan for Water effort, water storage levels, water conservation, and all things NID.
This month's stories:
February Snow Survey: snowpack above average
During the first survey of the year (taken the last week in January), NID hydrographers found the average water content in the snowpack was 24.7 inches, which is 123.5 percent of the 20-inch average for this time of year, on the District’s five high-elevation snow courses.
NEW! NID Snow Survey Video
Learn how NID hydrographers do their job. It’s fascinating, serious work against a spectacular snowy Sierra backdrop. Click here.
Recreation summer jobs: recruitment set to begin
Work at one of NID’s beautiful campgrounds and lakes. Recruitment will soon begin for temporary, full-time assignments at various lakes and campgrounds.
Every summer, 40-50 seasonal employees join the NID Recreation Department’s full-time staff to assist the 240,000 annual campers and boaters enjoying their visits to District campgrounds and reservoirs.
Plan for Water summary of workshops
The Plan for Water process will continue on March 8 with a discussion about NID’s water rights. This will include a review of currently held water rights, including locations, year of seniority and usage. As with all workshops, public input and questions are encouraged.
- Feb. 8, 2022 - The workshop began an overview of water rights currently held by NID.
- January 11, 2022: The presentation included an overview of NID’s service area and detailed the District’s water distribution system and operations.
Latest water statistics and reports
- Bowman Lake precipitation chart: 43.59 inches as of Feb. 16, 100% of average
- NID Reservoir Storage: 95% of 8-year average, 71% of capacity
- Water conservation: 6% improvement over last year
- Hydroelectric update - generation report of all powerhouses
... much more