A message from
Save the El Dorado Canal

A message from
Save the El Dorado Canal

Thanks to everyone who is supporting our cause. The Town Hall meeting in Pollock Pines was intended to convey to George Osborne and EID staff that people are opposed to the overreaching of government and public entities, when they conflict with our rights and way of life.  However, our concerns that EID not continue with this project fell on deaf ears. The Save the Canal members, and supportive audience members, presented convincing arguments against proceeding with the project, including the great expense, destruction of the local ecosystem, 160 years of historical local history, and a small water savings, if any.  We showed our commitment to preserving the community of Pollock Pines. George Osborne was asked to place this project on the agenda at the next board meeting, and reverse his vote, thus ending the project to pipe our beautiful waterway, the Upper Main El Dorado Canal. His refusal to respond to the question clearly indicates his position on moving forward regardless of our opposition.

To all of our great supporters, please convey, by all means possible, the need for your friends in El Dorado County to contact the EID board. They need to state their opposition to the piping project, and request their position be honored as one of their constituents. If each individual researches the facts concerning this issue, they will come to the same conclusion we have: it’s just not worth doing. So all of you, please put a small amount of extra effort out to accomplish this, and we’ll be able to stop this great travesty from happening, as well as runaway spending and ever increasing rate hikes.  Please help save our canal!

Contact information:

EID: 530-622-4513

Thank You,
Save the El Dorado Canal

Letter from Greg Prada, Division 2 EID Board member

Letter from Greg Prada, Division 2 EID Board member

Greg Prada, Division 2 EID board member was unable to attend our Town Hall meeting due to a last minute personal matter. He sent us a statement that he said we could read at the meeting to clarify his position in his absence.  It is copied here WITH his permission.


I have had something personal come up and deeply regret that I will not be able to attend this evening’s Town Hall.

But please do not hesitate to share that two EID Directors (Alan Day and myself) have voted against this Main Ditch project every time it has come up for board approval and funding.

Right from the start, when this project was launched by 3-2 EID board approval to accept a $149,000 grant from the El Dorado County Water Agency, Alan and I could not see sufficient cost-benefit to EID’s 40,000 ratepayers for lining/piping the Main Ditch.

At the start, the claimed water savings from EID’s GM and Director of Engineering were 1,300 acre feet and the total estimated cost was $3.4 million.

Subsequently, the total estimated cost has mushroomed to $8.8 million…260% of the original cost estimate (albeit offset by more grants from other bureaucrats)… and the dry year water savings have been revealed to be a greatly lesser 500 acre feet…60% less.

EID has 65,000 acre feet of water rights and this year will sell 26,000 acre feet. Add another 9,000 acre feet for system leaks, fire protection and other authorized uses creates a total EID system-wide water usage of 35,000 acre feet.

The true dry year water loss from piping the Main Ditch of 500 acre feet is trivial even to EID in a dry year when we still have 20,000 acre feet of unused water rights, let alone to the more than 1 million acre feet sent to the sea annually from Folsom Reservoir.

So this Main Ditch project really boils down to a war of wills between EID’s GM who likes to build things along with 3 EID Directors who cozy up to a subset of agricultural old timers (who prosaically call themselves “Citizens for Water” and “Alliance for Responsible Planning”) and two EID Directors who take a cost-benefit stance in their board votes.

Your group has raised significant other issues which I most certainly find worthy.

Chuck, I certainly do not mind you quoting my above position. I will call you Friday or over the weekend to hear your assessment as to your assessment of tonight’s meeting.

With warmest regards,