The Mad Russian of Texas Creek

One of the most colorful characters in Nevada Irrigation District’s history is the legendary “Mad Russian” of Texas Creek.  The solitary but likeable emigrant loved his vodka and garlic, talked to the animals and even kept a pet skunk during 13 years as a ditch tender at the isolated mountain station. Born in Russia, Walter […]

Scotts Flat Reservoir Lake Level September 2014

Scotts Flat Reservoir ◄ Back Next ► Picture 1 of 9 Scotts Flat Reservoir Pictures  by John J. O’Dell from my deck. The water level in the lake is down further than I’ve seen since I’ve lived in Cascade Shores, or at least it seems that way.  Scotts Flat Lake or should I say reservoir, […]

State Drought Action Impacts Nevada Irrigation District Water Diversions

GRASS VALLEY – The water rights used by the Nevada Irrigation District to fill reservoirs and supply customers in Nevada and Placer counties are among those covered in the state’s May 27 curtailment order. To address record dry conditions in California, the State Water Resources Control Board ordered some 2,600 agencies to stop diverting water […]

Nevada County to Have Normal Deliveries of Water For 2013

Scott’s Flat Reservoir  (picture by John J. O’Dell) Nevada Irrigation District has maintained good levels of reservoir storage and is planning to make normal deliveries this year. District reservoir levels rose in the near record rains of November and December but the normally wet months of January, February and March brought just eight inches of […]

Nevada Irrigation District Water Lines Extended to Rattlesnake Road

GRASS VALLEY  –  Treated water is now available in the Rattlesnake Road-Wheeler Cross Road area near Grass Valley, following a water line extension project completed this month by the Nevada Irrigation District. NID and area property owners shared costs in extending a 16-inch main line from Dog Bar Road, across Wheeler Cross Road to the […]

Nevada Irrigation District’s Water System Upgraded

Source: Nevada Irrigation District Water supplies to the greater Grass Valley-Nevada City area are safer and more reliable as a result of NID’s Banner Cascade Pipeline Project which is being phased into operation this fall and winter. Pipeline construction, roadway overlays and repaving are finished, tree planting and hydroseeding are being completed this fall, and […]

Volunteer To Remove Scotch Broom In March 2012

Volunteer Now and help control scotch broom and join the Scotch Broom Challenge in Nevada County. The Scotch Broom Challenge was created in 2007 to address the spread of this highly flammable and invasive plant in our community. The Scotch Broom Challenge started with just a few sites in Nevada County. In the spring of […]

Scotts Flat Lake Levels 2011

Click on image to enlarge   I’ve watch Scott’s Flat Lake go to being full to the brim to where it’s at now for the winter. The above chart from Nevada Irrigation District shows the water levels during the summer season   Click on pictures to enlarge, escape to close.   Thinking of buying or […]

Western Nevada County’s Main Source of Water, Nevada Irrigation District

Nevada Irrigation District  (NID) water originates in the snow pack of a 70,000-acre watershed in the high mountains of Sierra and Nevada counties. The district’s Mountain Division reservoirs include Jackson Meadows, Milton, French, Faucherie, Sawmill and Bowman. Water from these reservoirs flows to PG&E’s Lake Spaulding via the Bowman-Spaulding Canal. From Spaulding, NID water flows […]