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Welcome to Plan for Water

The Nevada Irrigation District (NID) has initiated a community collaboration process to support the District’s Raw Water Master Plan (RWMP). Called Plan for Water, the process aspires to reach and involve everyone within the District to help guide water resource management efforts into the future. 

What is Plan for Water?

Plan for Water is designed to encourage open, innovative and practical contributions to the RWMP Update. The process will develop strategic options that reflect a balanced mix of community perspectives. It will be driven by four working groups that make up the Plan for Water Team. The core work of this team is to take the range of ideas and options brought forward through community input and develop them into pathways for analysis and consideration. In the end, the NID Board will review all the pathways and select the strategic vision for moving forward.  

Public Workshops

Plan for Water will be holding public workshops throughout the process. These events are for sharing information and gathering input from the community. The first two workshops took place on December 1 and 10, 2018 with over 100 participants. Recaps of the workshops, including all the input gathered are available on both the Workshops and Documents pages.

More workshops and events will be planned in the first quarter of 2019. To get notifications when workshops are scheduled, sign-up for the Plan for Water newsletter.

Sign-up for Process Communications

This site will be the online information hub for the process. It will be updated regularly with process information, activities, and meeting notices. If you would like to receive process update notifications, sign-up for the Plan for Water newsletter located beneath the menu navigation of this page.

Questions or Comments?

The Contact Form is available to submit questions and comments to the Plan for Water Team regarding the process. However, the best way to learn about and participate in Plan for Water is to attend the Public Open House meetings. 

Process Objectives

The Plan for Water process is the governing framework that holds transparency and integrity as the tenets of the process. Working together as a community is based on the following objectives for the RWMP Update.

  • Identify different perspectives and inputs to the community’s future.
  • Understand what is really important to the community and why.
  • Assess our water situation together.
  • Allow for open and balanced discussions of all community voices.
  • Develop a deeper understanding of potential pathways and subsequent impacts to community interests and the community’s future.
  • Provide a forum for community members to discuss and develop pathways as opposed to a closed process consisting only of technical experts. Focus on overarching strategic policies and not on specific projects.
  • Create a 50-year strategic plan using the best information available at this time.
  • Develop a Community Collaboration process that can be used for future projects and community issues.
  • 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 support the NID RWMP Update.

Pathways are strategic policy options to guide future water resource management efforts.

Guidance

The process will be facilitated by a neutral, unbiased professional facilitator to maximize efficiency, productivity and transparency throughout. This will be a step-by-step process with the flexibility to change and adapt to new information as it progresses. There will be opportunities for creative problem solving, brainstorming, and developing strategic options. The process will begin with sessions designed to understand the community needs and water issues in depth, then progress to analysis of the issues, and the design of multiple pathway solutions. 

Promise to the Public

The Plan for Water and a successful community collaboration to update the RWMP is the top priority of NID. The Board commits to collaborate with the public throughout the process to ensure community involvement, participation, and ownership of the proposed pathways. The framework will allow all ideas and considerations to be brought to the table for possible inclusion in the pathways. Feedback and active communication will be embedded at each step so that community members can see how their input and contributions are reflected in the process and included in the proposed pathways.

Plan for Water Process Steps

The Plan for Water process puts community input at the front of a six-step Raw Water Master Plan Update process. As shown in the figure below, the Plan for Water Team will steer the first for four steps to support the RWMP Update and then NID will steer the implementation steps.  

Figure 1: Raw Water Master Plan Update Process

The Plan for Water Team 

The four Plan for Water working groups are shown in the visual below. Descriptions of each group and how they will contribute follow. The team structure is set up to help organize the collaboration of its members. In this way, it is about sharing and creativity toward rather than ranking ideas. 

Community Representatives Group 

Note: The process for forming the Community Representatives Group is still to be determined. It is expected to be discussed when the new Board is seated in early 2019. Please check back for updates.

The Community Representatives Group (CRG) will represent multiple community identities and inputs throughout the process. The CRG will meet with the other project working groups in a facilitated meeting process through each Plan for Water Step. These workshops will step through the process, ultimately producing multiple pathways designed to achieve a balance between community identities and respective water supply needs. Different than other advisory group processes, this CRG is not expected to select or recommend a chosen pathway. The NID Board of Directors will ultimately select the chosen pathway(s). However, the process is designed to allow all community identities multiple ways and opportunities to discuss options together, provide input, develop practical strategies, and present their vision to the Board. Additional information about the CRG process is presented in the CRG Charter document. 

NID Board of Directors

The NID Board of Directors is ultimately responsible for selecting the pathway for moving forward. The Board will receive regular process updates, as well as opportunities to hear directly from their constituents through the outreach process. When the pathways are developed and ready for discussion, the Board will conduct workshops to listen and learn about each pathway, community impacts, water resource impacts, and other issues in order to make an informed decision. The Board will select a pathway to finalize the RWMP Update and instruct NID staff to develop the implementation plan and subsequent projects to fulfill the selected pathway. 

NID Technical Group

The NID Technical Group supports the demand and supply analysis and pathway development. NID staff and consultants will conduct technical analysis in collaboration with the other working groups of the Plan for Water Team. The CRG and comments from the community outreach efforts will identify elements, issues, and potential pathways for the Technical Group to analyze, flesh out, and provide analysis details for discussion. 

Facilitation Group 

The Facilitation Group will guide the team through the Plan for Water process. The success of this project relies on applying established, credible principles of facilitation to technical analysis in public engagements. We will utilize facilitation throughout this process to maintain our goals of respectful and focused discussion in the development of the pathways. 

Facilitator Responsibilities 

〉 Define the goals and metrics relevant to each event. 

〉 Measure progress toward defined goals. 

〉 Assist in coordination of meeting times, places, and participation. 

〉 Communicate frequently before and after events. 

〉 Define risks to project success and mitigate those risks whenever possible. 

〉 Value and foster respect for each person, each perspective. 

〉 Prioritize actions. 

Facilitation Methods 

The facilitation methods will utilize the use of Technology of Participation (ToP®). ToP® is a powerful set of tools for leading meaningful conversations and for decision-making. Two foundational values undergird ToP® methodology. Inclusive participation insures that every voice is heard, every insight is given an opportunity and no perspectives are allowed to dominate. Profound respect makes inclusive participation possible, by honoring all individuals equally and trusting that both individuals and groups are capable of doing the work set before them. 

Plan for Water Team members will be invited to learn at least two of the basic methods—the ToP® Focused Conversation and the ToP® Consensus Workshop—to enable all members to be more prepared for working together in discussing issues and making critical decisions. 

  1. ToP® Focused Conversation: This method creates a setting for meaningful conversation. It will be used to facilitate group discussion of the CPT and the public in community meetings. The method allows the participants to share diverse perspectives in a non-confrontational manner. Using this method will help people share insights and creative ideas on approaches to water issues and needs. It creates an opportunity for people to broaden their perspectives and can reveal the existing level of consensus within the team. 
  2. ToP® Consensus Workshop: This method leads to consensus-based team decisions that respect diverse perspectives, create joint resolve, and inspire individual and group action. Individual participation is honored by focusing on the insight within each idea. Consensus is built step by step by helping people see new relationships among the data and acknowledging the level of group agreement at any given moment. 

The Plan for Water Team Process Tasks 

The process includes the first four steps illustrated previously in Figure 1. Each step includes multiple tasks. The tables that follow illustrate the main tasks and goals of each task to help describe the process in more detail. These tasks are not exhaustive and may be expanded upon or reduced according to the needs of the process. 

STEP 1 — Recruit & Launch the Plan for Water Team
Convene as a community, identify representatives, and identify goals.
〉 Develop program plan for entire process.

〉 Create a public outreach strategy.

〉 Design program website and other media.

〉 Develop outreach materials.

〉 Establish CRG formation and requirements, rules, and scope.

〉 Confirm CRG process.

〉 Conduct public facilitated introductory workshops on program overview and process. Gather input from community participants.

〉 Implement CRG formation.

〉 Confirm participation of selected CRG members.

〉 Convene the CRG in a kickoff meeting to establish process.

〉 Update charter to include code of conduct and procedural elements.

〉 Participate in orientation and facilitation training.

〉 Present RWMP Update program for review.

〉 Onboard technical consultants.

〉 Establish schedule and reporting protocol.

STEP 2 — Understand Our Water Needs
Share knowledge and establish our community’s water priorities.
〉 Review NID’s water resource planning responsibilities, limitations, and legal requirements.

〉 Identify demand planning parameters for discussion in CRG.

〉 Develop tools to forecast demands under different parameter ranges.

〉 Synthesize wide range of demand assumptions into ranges (i.e. status quo, elastic demand, reduced demand, increased demand).

〉 Finalize demand forecasts as selected by CRG.

〉 Review and discuss Hydraulics & Hydrology (H&H) modeling parameters, gain understanding of water delivery systems, operational rules, constraints, and regulations.

〉 Identify H&H modeling parameters for discussion in CRG.

〉 Review and discuss supply forecast methodology. Synthesize supply forecasts and climate models into selected ranges.

〉 Develop tools to forecast supply availability under different parameter ranges.

〉 Finalize supply forecasts as selected by CRG.

〉 Develop demand and supply forecasts into problem statements in coordination with CR.

〉 Present problem statements to Board and public with CRG participation.

〉 Communicate with the community to inform about the process, progress and to gather ideas and input.

〉 Present planning analysis results and problem statements to Board and public with NID Technical Group participation. Update information on media platforms as developed.

〉 Provide presentations with CRG members assistance to public and receive input to bring back to CR.

〉 Support CRG member community outreach efforts.

〉 Design and conduct facilitated meetings on problem statement results.

STEP 3 — Create and Refine Solutions
Explore, analyze, and form pathway options
〉 Develop a vision for a secure water future.

〉 Identify and develop universe of pathway options to reach the vision.

〉 Coordinate with CRG and support technical questions during CRG development of initial universe of pathways.

〉 Receive synthesized pathways from CRG and conduct technical analysis of each pathway to include: pathway description, planning and other assumptions, cost impacts, community impacts, and results.

〉 Present and refine pathway analysis.

〉 Discuss and identify community impacts of each pathway.

〉 Review and discuss pathway analysis and provide feedback to NID Technical Group.

〉 Review and discuss updated pathway analysis for finalization.

〉 Update information on media platforms as developed.

〉 Provide presentations with CRG members assistance to public and receive input to bring back to CRG.

〉 Conduct facilitated meetings and obtain input for pathway development and results.

〉 Summarize pathways and present to Board and public.

STEP 4 — Support Pathway Selection
Present pathways to Board for final decision-making.
〉 Conduct at least two Board workshops to present and discuss pathways.

〉 Update/clarify pathways in collaboration with CRG as requested by Board from pathways Board presentation.

〉 Support Board workshop process as necessary.

〉 Reach out to constituents and community as necessary to receive additional input and feedback on pathways.

〉 Be available to discuss process description and outputs to community as requested.

〉 Update Pathways as requested by Board.

〉 Update information on media platforms as developed.

〉 Facilitation support for community outreach as needed.

〉 Select a pathway and direct NID staff to commence implementation.

〉 Finalize RWMP Update based on Board direction.