NID has been playing homage to anthropogenic global warming in the news, all the while playing politics to make sure they have a seat at the money table. However, they are not just playing politics NID is also taking action!
By Rem Scherzinger
Nevada Irrigation District
Your NID Board of Directors on Wednesday (Aug. 13) took a historic step into the water future of Nevada and Placer counties.
The board authorized staff to file an application for the annual appropriation of 221,400 acre-feet of water from the Bear River. The district’s application was filed later that day with the State Water Resources Control Board along with the payment of $488,459 in filing fees.
This is the first of many steps that are foreseen in coming years as part of the planning, financing and construction of a new 110,000 acre-foot reservoir on the Bear River between our existing Rollins and Combie reservoirs.
Ron Nelson the previous NID General Manager, was a neighbor for a few months when he first moved to Nevada County. We got to know him for a short time. I was concerned that NID has seemed to fall into the warmer camp and asked Ron to have coffee and discuss the issue. Dr. Christy had examined the Southern Sierra Snow Pack and the data did not support the claims long term decline in the snow pack. I knew that NID had long term snow pack records and I asked Ron if he could share them to confirm Dr Christy findings from 1903 to 2003. He was reluctant as the records were not in a digital format, but he concluded that over the short term (last 10 years) there was a slight decline of the snow pack, but not of great concern.
If the snow pack trend was not of great concern, the question was why was NID embracing the global warming mantra, when the GCM had proven to be inconsistent with the real world data. Ron explained that NID had to play politics to be considered as one of the players. They were warmers to keep their seat at the money table and keep the local local environmentalist happy.
I do not know the views of Rem Scherzinger, NID’s new General Manager, on global warming. But, they have the historical data, the GCM models are clearly wrong, and Ron Nelson made a good case for NID to play global warming politics.
On the other hand, during the Grand Minimums when the sunspots disappeared the Sierra experienced long term drought. During the Dalton Minimum, 1790 to 1830, there was a long drought, interrupted by some El Niño years during the warm PDO, and then more years of drought according to the reconstruction of the Sacramento River flow.
The red dots indicate a warm PDO and blue dot cold PDO. Red line the average over 860-1977 and green line smoothed flow.
There are signs that the sun is ready to enter another Grand Minimum, and we could be in for some more long term drought. This is a better reason to be prepared, than following the global warming models which have proven to be highly unreliable.
Regardless of the reasons, the next Grand Minimum or broken climate models, NID is taking action to store Sierra run off, and I congratulate them for the planning and the bold action.