This history book was published in 2021 to celebrate NID’s formation and the innovative, bold steps it took throughout a century to ensure the communities of the Sierra foothills are guaranteed a reliable supply of water for farms, fields, households and businesses.
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*** An ADA digital version also is available upon request
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Introduction (5,968 KB)
Chapter 1 – The Gold Rush Brings Early Water Development (12,210 KB)
Chapter 2 - The Birth of Local Agriculture (6,159 KB)
Chapter 3 - Dreams of Water Lead to the Formation of Nevada Irrigation District (4,159 KB)
Chapter 4 - The New District Takes Shape (4,044 KB)
Chapter 5 - Securing a Water Supply from the High Sierra (9,185 KB)
Chapter 6 – Building the Dream with Ditches and Canals (4,817 KB)
Chapter 7 - The First Water Flows to Customers (8,039 KB)
Chapter 8 – The Durbrow Years and the Creation of Scotts Flat Reservoir (5,067 KB)
Chapter 9 - Tough Financial Times: 1940s and 1950s (3,833 KB)
Chapter 10 - The Yuba-Bear Hydroelectric Project (8,463 KB)
Chapter 11 – Water Quality Comes of Age (4,474 KB)
Chapter 12 – NID Grows with the Community (8,720 KB)
Chapter 13 – Thinking about Water in a Different, Better Way (4,247 KB)
Chapter 14 – Water for the 21st Century (6,665 KB)
Chapter 15 – NID Focuses on Modernization: the 2010s (9,964 KB)
Chapter 16 – Drought Impacts Reach Far and Wide (3,388 KB)
Chapter 17 – Looking Forward to the Next 100 Years (5,579 KB)
Appendices – (including chronology, lists and canal system and facilities, and more) (1,494 KB)