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


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.


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:

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


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