by John Mistler
After five months of investigation of the North Yuba Water District (NYWD); the conclusions were that "the investigation did not find credible evidence of an intentional omission of facts, misrepresentation, or fabrication of data that would alter the eligibility of the grant application."
For five months there were weekly accusations from the Yuba Water Alliance, a local group of citizens, not all NYWD customers, whose contact person is Alton Wright, painting a picture of corruption and fraud on the part of the NYWD Board and the General Manager, Jeff Maupin,
Some of the e-mail headlines: "Do they really believe it's right to lie on applications and defraud taxpayers?" "Once again, someone at NYWD is lying" "NYWD's never-ending negligence is now a public safety issue."
The actual findings of the investigation by the State Water Resources Control Board, Office of Enforcement (Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Prevention Unit are:
"The investigation did not find credible evidence of an intentional omission of facts, misrepresentation, or fabrication of data that would alter the eligibility of the grant application. The Quit Claim relationship between NYWD and SFWPA was provided in the application. Reliable aluminum data showing exceedances of the MCL in the ditch water was provided by the NYWD in their application, and that data was not treated by the DFA as significant in ranking the application. The DFA acknowledged the benefit to irrigation water customers as well as to domestic users in their evaluation of the application prepared by Northstar and Mr. Maupin on behalf of the NYWD. The grant application was reviewed, in accordance with the DFA’s standard practice, in a 19-step process documented in the application assessment package. The application package provided by NYWD was compliant with State Water Board requirements, and as a result the Forbestown Ditch Planning Project was determined to be eligible for funding."
The entire investigation can be seen on eterritorial.com September 9, 2019 issue