**Double matching gifts until 10/3 for Sue Taylor(EID DIV1)**

**Double matching gifts until 10/3 for Sue Taylor(EID DIV1)**

Hello Canal Friends,

Save the Canal is supporting Sue Taylor to represent our division on the EID Board, DIV1 (Pollock Pines, Camino, Diamond Springs and Pleasant Valley).
Sue will bring YOUR voice to the El Dorado Irrigation District. We ask that you to consider a vote for her this November 3.

Save the Canal is also raising funds for Sue Taylor to fund a mailer for the election which will go out next week. The mailer costs about $4000 and will be sent to over 15,000 residents in our division.

Through Saturday, October 3 every dollar you donate will be matched 100% by Save the Canal and then Sue Taylor’s campaign will match that combined amount 100%. Our goal is to raise a total of $4000.
Example: Your $50 donation/ matched by STEC +$50 and then matched by Sue Taylor +$100 for a total of $200.
**Donations up to $99 can be made anonymously if you choose. Donations over $99 require per Federal Political Practices Commission(FPPC) require your physical address and occupation/employer.
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There are three ways to donate and take advantage of matching funds. If you wish for your donation to be made anonymously, please let us know in the memo.
**1. Use Save the Canal’s http://www.GOFUNDME.com/SAVETHECANAL
(Any funds received now until Oct 3 will be an assumed donation towards Sue’s campaign)
**2. Use Sue Taylor’s DONATE BUTTON for donations over $99. Please reference STEC in your memo for matching gift with your physical address and occupation
**3. Mail a check to Sue Taylor’s campaign payable to:
“Committee to Elect Sue Taylor EID 2020”
Send to:
Committee to Elect Sue Taylor EID 2020
PO Box 961
Camino, CA 95709
If your donation is over $99 please include your physical address and occupation/employer per FPPC rules.
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Tell your friends about Sue Taylor, more info at Votetaylor.info. If you would like some yard signs, please let us know.
If you or your friends live in the Placerville, Coloma, Rescue, Lotus and Swansboro area, Save the Canal highly recommends Craig Schmidt(DIV3).
For more info,  FIXeid.com
Voting for Sue Taylor and Craig Schmidt is a vote for change at EID.
Aren’t you ready for that?
I think we all are,
Thank you in advance for your efforts and generosity in Saving the Canal- let’s get this done,
Your friends at Save the Canal
Did you know….

Did you know….

DID YOU KNOW… EID’s debt is up $81 million this year? You owe $9,000. Raffety and Osborne must go! Please SHARE.
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Michael Raffety pledged that he would “Avoid adding to the debt” just prior to being elected to EID’s Board in 2016. This year alone his “yes” votes have added $81 million to EID’s debt. Now at $361 million that puts each EID ratepayer in debt approximately $9,000. George Osborne also voted “yes”. As such, residential water commodity rates are slated to go up 17% next year and 42% over five years. STOP EID’s runaway rate increases, reckless spending and rising debt. Vote for Craig Schmidt and Sue Taylor for EID’s Board. It’s time for a change! More at www.FixEID.com
IMPORTANT: Participation Requested. EID is Proceeding

IMPORTANT: Participation Requested. EID is Proceeding

Sunday August 23, 2020

Dear Save the Canal Supporters,

Tomorrow, Monday August 24 at 9am, the EID Board of Directors will meet and vote to award a contract to fund the piping of the Upper Main Ditch. They are rushing to initiate construction before the Appeal we filed is even heard by the Court or we have a chance to vote out the current board members. 

VOTE Sue Taylor, Div 1 and Craig Schmidt, Div 3 this November for EID Board of Directors.

Here is the ZOOM meeting link:
https://zoom.us/j/94563608941 

If the Board votes to fund “piping the canal” then construction will start. This is very bad news…  The damage that will be done will be irreversible.  That’s exactly what Jim Abercrombie, the General Manager wants…

  • It is imperative that we, Save the Canal, and ALL of our supporters (and your friends) attend this ZOOM meeting.
  • MOST importantly YOU HAVE TO make a statement during the comment section of Agenda item 12. Others will be speaking so you’ll know the right time to comment.
  • There is a phone in option so you do not have to have a computer or high-speed internet to participate.

Let us be clear, THE ONLY WAY that the board will know you are present is if you JOIN the call AND COMMENT at the meeting.

EID will not be able to tally to the number of citizens against the project without a comment. It can be short and direct, state your name and comment against it.

We need to demonstrate that the community is united in its opposition to this project and this will require MANY voices to be heard.

We are grateful for your continued support,
Your friends at Save the Canal
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FEEL FREE TO MAKE WHATEVER STATEMENT YOU WANT HOWEVER WE HAVE INCLUDED A FEW CURRENT KEY POINTS IN CASE YOU NEED INSPIRATION.

Key Points:
  •  This project started at $3.4 million in 2013, with more than half of it paid for by grants. Now EID management has again increased the cost of the project from $13.2M to $15.4M (plus $2.3M already spent). That’s a 500% increase and who knows if it will stop there! (See cost estimates chart graphic above)
  •  Any “cost-benefit” to EID ratepayers of the Main Ditch project disappeared many, many millions of dollars ago. Yet the EID board continues to rubber-stamp “full speed” ahead.
  •  This project is out of control just like the Folsom Lake Intake Project ($17.7M to $42.7M) and the Forebay Dam project ($9M to $26M).  What will be the REAL COST of piping the canal if costs are going up in $2M increments in just a few months?
  •  EID has denied that the UMD has any value as a fuel break and firefighting resource, but common sense and evidence from the KING FIRE prove otherwise.  It’s obvious to everyone that all water resources and fuel breaks have value to mountain communities. What will it take for you to acknowledge the truth of this? All of our homes being burnt down? That will be too late. You can twist words but that doesn’t make the threat any less real.  This impact has not been adequately addressed in the EIR, and how will you, the Board, feel if Pollock Pines burns due to a lack of adequate infrastructure.
  • At a minimum, funding this project MUST await the Appeals Court ruling on the lawsuit before contractually committing $15.4 million of EID funds that could certainly be more wisely and securely spent on dozens of other EID project priorities. The lawsuit will likely result in additional mitigation measures being imposed to address significant project deficiencies and will further add to the burgeoning cost of this unnecessary project.  If construction is allowed to begin there will be no way to undo the damage EID will cause between now and then.

Financial Issues:

  • This project started at $3.4 million in 2013, with more than half of it paid for by grants. Now the board is being asked to approve over 17 million. That’s a 500% increase and who knows if it will stop there! (See cost estimates chart)
  • This is an ongoing pattern used by Jim Abercrombie and EID staff. Project costs are purposefully underestimated to deceive the Board, then once they get the Board to buy in, the price often quadruples or more.  This is true for the Forebay Dam project and the proposed Upper Main Ditch Piping and the Folsom Intake projects
  • You, the Board, should feel duped, and especially OUR Division 1 representative George Osborne, who has been doing it the longest.
  • We hear rosy projections of the economic sense of these projects, but our rates continue to skyrocket- this does not add up. If these projects make economic sense when do we see rate reductions?
  • The reality is that current ratepayers are shouldering the cost of building excess capacity for future development, primarily in the Eldorado Hills area.  EID has effectively subsidized the true cost of supplying water for developers, using our hard-earned dollars to finance it.
  • With the current economic downturn, we simply cannot have EID implementing double-digit rate hikes to fund these unnecessary projects.

UMD EIR/CEQA Lawsuit

  • The EIR was grossly inadequate and was based on unsubstantiated assertions and misleading information, or simply failed to address significant project impacts.
  • The plan to abandon the UMD without addressing the drainage issues created by this project is irresponsible and will not likely stand up in court.  Shifting the burden of handling the drainage problems to the adjacent landowners is not a viable plan, as we saw in the recent flooding in the Cedar Grove area, which was caused by abandoning the Middle Main Ditch.  There will be more lawsuits and more settlement costs for EID.
  • The water loss estimates presented in the EIR are gross exaggerations designed to mislead the public and the Board and give the appearance of greater project benefits.  The EIR purposefully misrepresented the water loss data, falsely claiming that it was based on extensive 2009-2016 data.  All of the data from 2009-2015 was invalid due to equipment failure and very limited, cherry-picked, 2016 data was used to “extrapolate” the potential losses over the period. (See loss estimates chart)
  • EID has denied that the UMD has any value as a fuel break and firefighting resource, but common sense and evidence from the KING FIRE prove otherwise.  Rural landscapes like those along the UMD have limited firefighting resources and one look outside will make clear the importance of retaining and improving our firefighting resources. It’s obvious to everyone that all water resources and fuel breaks have value to mountain communities. What will it take for you to acknowledge the truth of this? All of our homes being burnt down? That will be too late. You can twist words but that doesn’t make the threat any less real. This impact has not been adequately addressed in the EIR, and how will you, the Board, feel if Pollock Pines burns due to a lack of adequate infrastructure.
  • At a minimum, funding this project should be delayed until there is a resolution of the lawsuit.  The lawsuit will likely result in additional mitigation measures being imposed to address significant project deficiencies and will further add to the burgeoning cost of this unnecessary project. Entering into contractual relationships without a full picture of project costs is irresponsible.  How many times will it take to learn these lessons?

General Board Comments

  • As elected officials, the EID Board has the responsibility to represent the ratepayers and to provide the direction and fiscal responsibility to the management of EID.
  • Somehow the management of EID has become twisted such that the General Manager is setting the policy and priorities and the Board has been diminished to implementing the GM’s vision rather than the Board insisting on their authority to set policy and priorities.  It is time for the Board to live up to your responsibilities.  You do not work for Abercrombie – he works for you. The inefficient use of ratepayer money is on YOU.  We can’t vote Abercrombie out – it is your job to rein him in. Your recent contract extension for Abercrombie and Paulson, complete with guaranteed raises is shameful.
  • Director Osborne we are tired of you rubber stamping projects that do little or nothing to benefit your division while imposing massive rate hikes on us. We are all financially hurting in case you haven’t been paying attention. This reckless spending to support downhill development must end.
  • WE need leaders, not sheep!
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Directly after the consent calendar, our is item #12.
**This vote could happen pretty early in the meeting if no items are pulled from the Consent Calendar.
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8/24 BOARD MEETING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION INSTRUCTIONS:
** Please note that EID has previously changed the ZOOM address just prior to the meeting start time with no sufficient notice.
If they do this again, either use the “Telephone dial in” and/or we will post the New Meeting Link on Facebook pages Save the Canal and Debating El Dorado County Politics and on our website, http://savethecanal.info/
 
Instructions to join the Board Meeting by telephone only
  • No accompanying computer or mobile device required.
  • This option will allow participants to listen to Board meeting audio and address the Board during public comment periods by pressing *9 on the telephone keypad.
  • Dial 1.669.900.6833 and enter Meeting ID 945 6360 8941 when prompted.
 
Instructions to join the Board Meeting from your computer or mobile device 
Click the following join link or copy and paste into your browser
  • Please note that before joining a Zoom meeting on a computer or mobile device, you can download the Zoom app from https://zoom.us/download
  • If the device being used is equipped with a microphone and speaker, participants may view the presentation live and listen to Board meeting audio.
  • You may address the Board during public comment periods by clicking on the “raise a hand” button.
  • If the device being used is not equipped with a microphone, participants may view the presentation live and listen to Board meeting audio using the link above.
  • Participants may address the Board during public comment periods by using the call in instructions above and pressing *9 on the telephone keypad.
Otherwise, you will be prompted to download and install Zoom when you click a join link. You can also visit https://zoom.us/test at any time to familiarize yourself with Zoom.
Sue Taylor and Craig Schmidt to run for EID Board this November

Sue Taylor and Craig Schmidt to run for EID Board this November

Sue Taylor and Craig Schmidt are both are officially running for the EID Board of Directors. Sue is running in our DIV 1(Pollock Pines, Camino and Diamond Springs) to oppose and hopefully FINALLY replace George Osborne who has never really worked to represent the ratepayers of this District. Sue has a long history of working to retain the area rural character of our area. Craig Schmidt is a fiscal conservative and is running to replace Raffety in DIV 3 (Placerville, Coloma) who has broken all of his promises by continuing to rubber stamp approve nearly all proposed projects leading to ongoing rate hikes, including a 17% increase next year alone. Congrats to Alan Day who is running unopposed and will remain the DIV 5 director. So much can finally happen with a board majority that will put current ratepayer interests first and we are really excited about it. Tell your friends. Your vote in November couldn’t be any more important to rein in EID’s outrageous spending designed to support the developers in our county. SAVE THE CANAL needs your vote.
3/13 Final Hearing. We thank you for continuing to stand with us.

3/13 Final Hearing. We thank you for continuing to stand with us.

We thank you for continuing to stand with us.

Save the Canal has been has been working to prevent the piping of the Upper Main Ditch for over 4 years and we have all dedicated many hours of our time to the effort. We could not have done this without your constant encouragement and support!  We invite you and request your attendance at our final hearing at the Cameron Park Courthouse at 2:30pm (arrive by 2:15) this Friday March 13, 2020.  This is our final chance to show our shared concern about the loss of this resource and YOUR presence will help to amplify our message that EID has failed to address the impacts of this proposed project. 

If EID wins, just remember that we ALL will be paying for this project for many years!  EID plans to raise our water rates 40% over the next 5 years, with the largest increase in 2021, to cover the cost of these unnecessary projects and to service an ever growing debt burden. I think we all know who benefits and who pays the price…

Let’s Save the Canal!

IN JUNE 2015 
many members of our community submitted comments related to El Dorado Irrigation District’s (EID) scoping document for the proposed Upper Main Ditch Piping Project. These comment letters identified major concerns in regards to the proposed piping project including, but not limited to, habitat loss, aesthetic degradation, loss of the recreation resource, riparian habitat destruction and wildlife impacts, the increased risk of fire and the loss of a firefighting resource, and the destruction of a working historical landmark. These comments basically forced EID’s hand to create an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and follow the rules of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

IN THE SUMMER OF 2016, 
Chuck Vanderpool posted a handwritten sign in his yard along the canal trail asking “If anyone wants to save this waterway, give me a call”.  Starting with this simple sign the community began to organize an opposition to the proposed project.

LATER THAT FALL OF 2016, 
at the home of Millie Perry, the group that was to become Save the Canal met for the first time. Since then members of Save the Canal (STEC) have been meeting, fundraising, writing, submitting, mediating, attending board meetings, interviewing, parading, protesting, and writing comments– working tirelessly for more than 4 years to save the upper main ditch, and the many values it brings to our community, from being destroyed by EID.  STEC has not done this alone. We have had the help and contributions of time and financial resources, both large and small, from many hundreds of concerned citizens – Many thanks to all that have been, and continue to, contribute along the way!

DESPITE OUR EFFORTS, ON APRIL 22, 2019 
the EID Board of Directors in a vote of 3-2, certified the final environmental impact report and approved the Upper Main Ditch piping project. The Board adopted the Blair Road Alignment alternative, which generally follows the road except for the stretches below the Blair Road Bridge. To the best of our knowledge, EID doesn’t have all the needed easements for the Blair Road Alternative, and many homeowners along this route likely don’t know that the construction will be on their properties. EID plans to simply abandon the ditch and let it dry up and contend that this will result in no significant impacts to our community or the environment.  They offer no significant mitigations to the loss of resources described above.  Furthermore, they expect the adjacent property owners to assume the liability for maintaining the ditch which currently serves as the drainage system of a 300 acre watershed.  The previously abandoned middle main ditch has resulted in flood damage to many properties in the Cedar Grove area during storm events.

ON MAY 21, 2019
Save the Canal filed a CEQA lawsuit against the El Dorado Irrigation District over plans to pipe the El Dorado Canal in Pollock Pines. We tried a mediation process, but EID would not concede that the project would have any significant unmitigated impacts and therefore refused to provide any meaningful mitigation measures.  It is our contention that unless the canal is maintained and adequate flow is provided to support the surrounding habitat and the many community benefits that the canal provides, this project will result in significant and unmitigated environmental impacts.

SINCE MAY 21, 2019
Save the Canal has been working tirelessly in an arena that is mostly foreign to us and against a utility provider with very deep pockets. Through our CEQA attorney, Marsha Burch, both sides have put forth their arguments by submitting briefs to the judge. Our final response to their brief was submitted at the end of February. Please visit our website at to read or download the briefs. You all helped us pay for them. We thank you.

ON FRIDAY MARCH 13, 2020
Save the Canal will come together again at our hearing at 2:30 pm at the Cameron Park Branch of the El Dorado County Court, 3321 Cameron Park Dr. Cameron Park, 95682. (arrive by 2:15).
We need to stay united!  We run into people all the time around town cheering on our efforts and IT DOES make a difference. You make the difference. Let’s make the difference together! 

Please plan to join us to show your support if you think the ditch:
• is a recreation resource
• creates a rich riparian habitat worth saving
• provides habitat for birds and other wildlife
• is a valuable historical landmark
• is a source of aesthetic beauty
• provides a firefighting resource

See you on Friday,
Your friends at Save the Canal

Please join us in support of the canal at our hearing on March 13 at 2:30 at the Cameron Park Courthouse!

Please join us in support of the canal at our hearing on March 13 at 2:30 at the Cameron Park Courthouse!

 

 

Hi All-

Mark your calendars! Our hearing date is set for March 13, 2020 at 2:30 pm at the Cameron Park Branch of the El Dorado County Court, 3321 Cameron Park Dr. Cameron Park, 95682. Please come support the canal. We need to stay diligent!

Here is the response brief from our attorney(3 docs). Now the court will have all three briefs; Our initial brief, EID’s response brief and our response to their response.

2020.2.24 FINAL STEC Reply Brief

2020.2.24 FINAL STEC v. EID Decl of MAB Reply

2020.2.24 STEC v EID Appendix on Reply

We continue to need your help with legal fees. It is critical as the cost of  paying an attorney to write these briefs is very expensive, but very important.

Will you consider another donation to help us get through this final push we’ve been working on for 4 years? We are grateful for all of your donations so far as these efforts by the community have helped get us to this point in our fight!

DONATE HERE

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Table of contents for our response brief:

I. INTRODUCTION ………………………………………………………………………………. 4

II. CLARIFICATION OF FACTS …………………………………………………………….. 5

A. The original project described in the Initial Study ……………………….. 5

B. Description of the Blair Road Alternative in the Initial Study ……….. 6

C. The Proposed Project in the Draft EIR ……………………………………….. 6

D. The Blair Road Alternative in the Draft EIR ……………………………….. 7

III. DISCUSSION ……………………………………………………………………………………. 9

A. Petitioner’s arguments are supported by citations to

the record and authorities ………………………………………………………….. 9

B. The Project Description is inadequate ………………………………………… 12

1. The Project Objective regarding reduction of

water loss is not supported by substantial evidence ……… 13

2. The Project Description omits crucial

information regarding hydrology and drainage …………… 15

C. The EIR’s impact analysis is inadequate …………………………………….. 17

1. The EIR fails to adequately analyze and mitigate

the Project’s impacts to aesthetics and recreation ………… 17

2. The EIR fails to adequately analyze potential

impacts to biological resources …………………………………. 17

a. The EIR fails to adequately analyze

impacts to riparian habitat ……………………………….. 17

b. The EIR fails to adequately analyze

potential impacts to trees …………………………………. 19

c. The EIR fails to adequately analyze

potential impacts to fire hazards ……………………….. 19

3. The EIR fails to adequately describe the

environmental setting ………………………………………………. 20

4. The EIR fails to adequately analyze impacts

to hydrology …………………………………………………………… 20

IV. CONCLUSION ………………………………………………………………………………….. 21

1/27/2020: We’re Still Fighting to Save the Canal

1/27/2020: We’re Still Fighting to Save the Canal

 

Update on saving the canal effort: The hearing for our lawsuit is March 13 at 2:30pm at the Placerville Courthouse. We have submitted our initial brief a month ago and EID just submitted their rebuttal brief. Now our attorney has the opportunity to rebut their brief. See attached links for both briefs.

The EID Board voted to use the Blair Rd. alternative and ABANDON the ditch, instead installing the pipe down most of Blair Rd. Save the Canal’s position is that without water in the canal, tree mortality and trees falling in the ditch due to winter storms will be the responsibility of property owners. The canal can’t be abandoned, as it is part of EDC’s drainage system. In addition, lack of water (especially in summer months) will forever change the migration pattern of wildlife through Pollock Pines.   The canal is a firefighting resource and we all know what removing it will do to our ever increasing homeowners’ insurance policies.

We continue to need your help with legal fees. It is critical as the cost of  paying an attorney to write these briefs is very expensive, but very important.

Will you consider another donation to help us get through this final push we’ve been working on for 4 years? We are grateful for all of your donations so far as these efforts by the community have helped get us to this point in our fight!

DONATE HERE

Save the Canal’s opening brief 12/12/19

2019.12.12 FINAL STEC v EID Opening Brief

 

EID’s Opposition Brief 1/24/2020

01242020 FINAL Brief in Opposition to STEC Pet 4 Writ of Mandate – Main Ditch (00076950-16xD2C75)

 

Here’s the TOC from our opening brief:

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION ………………………………………………………………………….. 6

II. STATEMENT OF FACTS ………………………………………………………………. 8

A. The District and the history of the Main Ditch and

proposed Project …………………………………………………………………… 8

B. The approved Project – the Blair Road Alternative …………………… 14

C. Administrative process ………………………………………………………….. 16

III. STANDARD OF REVIEW ……………………………………………………………… 16

IV. DISCUSSION ………………………………………………………………………………… 18

A. The EIR omits critical information regarding the Project ………….. 18

1. The Project Description misstates the need for

the Project …………………………………………………………… 18

2. The Project Description omits crucial facts ……………… 20

B. The EIR’s impacts analysis is insufficient ……………………………… 24

1. The EIR fails to adequately analyze and mitigate

the Project’s impacts to aesthetics and recreation ……… 25

2. The EIR fails to adequately analyze and mitigate

the Project’s impacts to Biological resources …………… 28

a. The EIR fails to adequately respond to

comments from CDFW ……………………………………. 28

b. The EIR fails to adequately analyze and mitigate

the Project’s impacts on tree mortality ………………. 31

3. The EIR fails to adequately analyze the Project’s

impacts increasing risks associated with wildfires ……. 33

4. The EIR fails to adequately analyze and mitigate

the Project’s impacts to hydrology, including increased

risk of flooding …………………………………………………….. 35

a. The EIR fails to disclose the environmental

conditions in the vicinity of the Project ……………… 35

b. Drainage impacts are foreseeable and must be

evaluated ……………………………………………………….. 41

V. CONCLUSION ………………………………………………………………………………. 43

Save the Canal files lawsuit against EID

Save the Canal files lawsuit against EID

We need your help now!  Save the Canal has filed a lawsuit against EID to protect this valuable asset to our community.


Please stand with us:

IN JUNE 2015 many members of our community submitted comments related to El Dorado Irrigation District’s (EID) scoping document for the proposed Upper Main Ditch Piping Project.  These comment letters identified major concerns in regards to the proposed piping project including, but not limited to, habitat loss, aesthetic degradation, loss of the recreation resource, riparian habitat destruction and wildlife impacts, the increased risk of fire and the loss of a firefighting resource, and the destruction of a working historical landmark. These comments basically forced EID’s hand to create an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and follow the rules of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

IN THE SUMMER OF 2016, Chuck Vanderpool posted a handwritten sign in his yard along the canal trail asking “If anyone wants to save this waterway, give me a call”.  Starting with this simple sign the community began to organize an opposition to the proposed project.

LATER THAT FALL OF 2016, at the home of Millie Perry, the group that was to become Save the Canal met for the first time. Since then members of Save the Canal (STEC) have been meeting, fundraising, writing, submitting, mediating, attending board meetings, interviewing, parading, protesting, and writing comments– working tirelessly for more than 3 years to save the upper main ditch, and the many values it brings to our community, from being destroyed by EID. STEC has not done this alone.  We have had the help and contributions of time and financial resources, both large and small, from many hundreds of concerned citizens – Many thanks to all that have been, and continue to, contribute along the way!

DESPITE OUR EFFORTS, ON APRIL 22, 2019 the EID Board of Directors in a vote of 3-2, certified the final environmental impact report and approved the Upper Main Ditch piping project.  The Board adopted the Blair Road Alignment alternative, which generally follows the road except for the stretches below the Blair Road Bridge. They plan to simply abandon the ditch and let it dry up and contend that this will result in no significant impacts to our community or the environment.  They offer no significant mitigations to the loss of resources described above.  Furthermore, they expect the adjacent property owners to assume the liability for maintaining the ditch which currently serves as the drainage system of a 300 acre watershed.  The previously abandoned lower main ditch has resulted in flood damage to many properties in the Cedar Grove area during storm events.

ON MAY 21, 2019, Save the Canal filed a CEQA lawsuit against the El Dorado Irrigation District over plans to pipe the El Dorado Canal in Pollock Pines. It is our contention that unless the canal is maintained and adequate flow is provided to support the surrounding habitat and the many community benefits that the canal provides, this project will result in significant and unmitigated environmental impacts.


A copy of our filing is included below: 

 2019.3.20 FINAL STEC Petition for Writ of Mandate


–PLEASE SUPPORT OUT LEGAL DEFENSE FUND WITH YOUR FINANCIAL DONATION TODAY.

We really need your help now. Save the Canal has already raised thousands of dollars with your generous support. Perhaps you’re in a position to make another donation this year? If you’d prefer to make an anonymous donation, you can let us know either through gofundme or by sending a note with your check. We respect your privacy.

ON LINE DONATIONS WITH CREDIT CARD:
http://www.gofundme.com/savethecanal

OR- MAIL US YOUR CHECK made payable to Save the Canal

This way STEC gets all of the funds as there are no service fees. Send it to:
Save the Canal
2241 Pinewood Lane
Pollock Pines, CA 95726


–OUR NEXT FUNDRAISER WILL BE A BAKE SALE held at the Pollock Pines Safeway on Saturday, June 29th from 9am-2pm.  We are accepting donations of baked goods for the event.  Participation is easy – simply drop off baked goods between 9-10 and place in single serving bags that we will sell for $1 each. Or come by and make a donation to support the cause.  Please see our Save the Canal Facebook page for details at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1651160835104676/


It has been a very busy 3 years and we could not have gotten this far without your continued support. We run into people all the time around town cheering on our efforts and IT DOES make a difference. You make the difference. Let’s make the difference!

Thank you,

All of us at Save the Canal