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Process Objectives

The Plan for Water is a vital tool for NID’s water management in the future. The Plan will project ranges of possible water demand and supply scenarios. It also will include potential limitations of available water resources and the impacts of climate change, new regulations, and changes in land use. 

Working together as a community is based on the following objectives for the Plan:

  • Assess our water situation together.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of subsequent impacts to community interests and the community’s future.
  • Provide a forum for community members to offer their input, as opposed to a closed process consisting only of technical experts. Focus on overarching strategic policies and not on specific projects.
  • Understand what is really important to the community and why.
  • Create a 50-year strategic plan using the best information available at this time.
  • Pursue community solutions within NID’s legal responsibilities to its customers and landowners within its service area.
Plan for Water is a community collaboration process to determine the best ways to meet the community’s demand for water over the next 50 years.

Guidance

The process will take a step-by-step approach through nine stages. During each stage, there will be opportunities for creative problem solving, brainstorming, and developing strategic options. 

The Plan will project ranges of possible water demand and supply scenarios. It also will include potential limitations of available water resources and the impacts of climate change, new regulations, and changes in land use. 

Promise to the Public

A top priority for the District, the Plan for Water process depends on community collaboration to develop a vital tool for NID’s water management in the future.

Plan for Water Process Steps

The Plan for Water process includes nine stages. Overall, the efforts include:

  • Comprehensive Evaluation
  • Multi-stage process
  • Public Input
  • Data Driven
  • Science Driven
  • Integrated Approach

STAGE 1: System Overview

  • Top of system to the bottom
  • Watershed
  • Reservoirs
  • Hydropower Facilities
  • Transport Systems
  • End User Delivery
  • Common Understanding of How the System Works

STAGE 2: Water Rights Overview

  • Review of Water Rights Currently Held
  • Locations
  • Year of Seniority
  • Current Usage

STAGE 3: Strategic Planning

  • Leverage Work Previously Completed
  • Can be Revisited During Process
  • Mission
  • Vision
  • Strategic Priorities
  • Used as Framework for Plan for Water Process
  • Used to Guide Policy Decisions
  • Used to Guide Annual Budget

STAGE 4: Basis for Plan for Water

  • Planning Horizon
  • Intended Outcome Refinement
  • Frequency of Plan Update
  • How Plan is used
  • Responsibility for Plan

STAGE 5: Hydrology and Hydrography

  • Leverage Existing Work
  • Drought Scenarios
  • Consider Climate Change
  • Consider Impacts of Watershed Health
  • Science- and Data Driven

STAGE 6: Demand

  • Model Future Demand for Planning Horizon
  • Requires New Model
  • Considers Land Use
  • Considers End User Use Changes
  • Considers Regulatory Flows
  • FERC

STAGE 7: Supply Needs

  • Supply Needs
  • Short Term
  • Long Term
  • Consistent with Planning Horizon

STAGE 8: Strategy Options

  • Operations
  • System
  • End Users
  • Restoration
  • System
  • Watershed
  • Management
  • Ongoing Adaptive Management of Watershed
  • Programs
  • Capital

STAGE 9: Evaluate Stategies

  • Develop Evaluation Criteria
  • Consistent with Board Determined Mission, Vision, and Strategic Priorities
  • Possible ConsiderationsEnvironmentalCostTechnical FeasibilityConstructabilityRiskPolitical

Logistics

  • Requires Consultant for Modelling Work
  • Series of Public Meetings
  • 18 Months in Duration
  • Final Document Preparation

PFW Used to Develop Different NID Plans

  • Raw Water Master Plan
  • Treated Water Master Plan
  • Watershed Management Plan
  • System Operation Plan
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