(Nevada City, CA.) – Today, Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R – Richvale) announced that he secured $6.6 million in federal funding for three projects throughout Nevada County.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center will be awarded a $4.8 million Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Technology and Equipment grant for radio infrastructure improvements. Improved radio systems will decrease response times of first responders during times of natural disasters and large-scale incidents requiring multi-agency responses, ultimately increasing public safety.
North San Juan will receive a Fire Suppression System through a $1,050,000 United States Department of Agriculture Community Facilities grant. This funding will be used to install a 330,000-gallon water storage tank, pipeline and fire hydrants in the downtown core of North San Juan. The town currently lacks public water service and an emergency water pipeline for fire suppression.
CAL FIRE Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit will receive $750,000 for The Ponderosa West Grass Valley Defense Zone will be awarded through the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry Landscape Restoration Program. This project was listed in Nevada County’s Local Hazard Mitigation Plan, the Plan and is ranked the number one priority project in the Nevada County Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Western Nevada County. These funds will be used for wildfire fuel reduction treatment on 600 acres of private lands which are currently overgrown with dense vegetation and at risk of an uncontrollable wildfire.
This funding was all secured by Congressman LaMalfa through the FY 22 Appropriations Bill as part of a community grants program.
“Public safety, fire suppression, and prevention are all at the utmost importance for the forested towns of Nevada County. These projects’ wide range of benefits will improve the safety of residents all throughout the county, and I am pleased that we could secure this funding that’s so worthy of federal support,” said Congressman LaMalfa.
"I'm thrilled to see this project funded for North San Juan and thank Congressman LaMalfa for his support. The new fire suppression system will give firefighters the tools to protect our rural North San Juan community. The infrastructure will provide new opportunities for downtown businesses that don't have access to a large, commercial water supply," said Board of Supervisors Chair Sue Hoek. "Infrastructure projects are costly, and this one has been a decade in the making. This is a huge win for our North San Juan community."
“Wildfire preparedness is our number one priority in Nevada County, and the Ponderosa West project is critical to protecting Grass Valley during a large-scale wildfire event," said District III Supervisor Dan Miller. "Congressman LaMalfa has really looked out for us by helping to secure this funding. Once Phase II is completed, we'll have a 1,000-acre park-like, shaded fuel break protecting our communities."
“This funding will be key to upgrading our significantly aging infrastructure and expanding our radio coverage throughout Nevada County. The upgrades will allow compliance with federal mandates while also improving our interoperability functions with other local, state, and federal public safety partners.” said Nevada County Sheriff Shannan Moon. "This project will be a game changer for our community and our law enforcement officers."
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.