With the public comment period for the Draft EIR on the Upper Main Ditch Project coming to a close on July 23, at 5pm, the Save the Canal group is planning to focus on the public’s input to EID’s EIR at our upcoming town hall meeting. Comments that are to be included in the Final Public Hearing must be addressed by this deadline or they will be ignored. The primary focus at our July 11th meeting will be addressing specific issues we have pulled out of the Draft EIR in order to help the public with their comments and to help concerned citizens meet the deadline. That said, we WILL be allowing public comment, but it will be timed based on the number of folks wishing to make a comment.
Our schedule for the evening is tentatively as follows and subject to change:
6:00-6:30– Open House/ displays will be set up to educate you on some of the issues and mitigations we believe EID is responsible for. We will be around the room to answer any questions you may have.
6:30-6:55- Public Comment
6:55-7:15– Save the Canal CEQA presentation
7:15-8:00– Comment writing/help/dialog and opportunity to raise issues that were not addressed.
If you’d like, you may leave your completed comments with us to deliver in person to EID.
Thanks to Dina Heidrich for the lovely photograph
…and what could be more fun than a 30 foot long bright blue canal, lined in dancing people, green trees and good ‘ol American spirit, periodically being swallowed up by a shark mouth dressed like an EID pipe? See for yourself..check out our 3 minute long video….oh and we won first place too, exercising our first amendment rights…Thank you Rotary! Enjoy…and help us Save the Canal!
The El Dorado Canal is living history and stands as a testament to the American independence, determination, and ingenuity that we still celebrate today. Originally built in the gold rush era, the canal still serves our community today; delivering water to our towns, supporting our local agriculture, providing a fire fighting resource, creating wildlife habitat and a source of beauty to nature’s wonderland. It remains as an integral part of the rich and unique history of Pollock Pines and the fabric of our shared California heritage. Save the Canal invites you to join us in a celebration of our past and the enduring American spirit, as we work to protect this historical landmark.
We, each and every one of us with Save The Canal, are so thankful to all that have shown their support in this effort. We have collectively spent so many long days getting organized, developing strategies, attending board meetings, putting in countless hours sifting through documents….all with one common purpose – to save something that is truly cherished by all of us. We want to let you know how much it means to have the support of so many. Our mountain towns are certainly facing multiple challenges today, but perhaps the best part is experiencing us all joining forces to stand up against those that have shown a disregard for the character and values of our communities.
Yesterday there were a few tears of joy. Joy- in the affirmation that so many share in our vision, share in our determination, share in our commitment. Yes, there are many hurdles in front of us, but having the community come together is sure to put us over the top of each and every one. Together we will win! We had set a goal for #GivingTuesday and thanks to your generosity we have more than met that goal. Yesterday we earned $2814 bringing our total to $8229. We are about 1/3 of the way to meeting our legal expenses and feel very positive about moving forward.
We thank you.
Yesterday, from one of our donors:
“Every time I talk about where I grew up, I talk about “the ‘creek’ below my house”, and my mind flashes right back to it. I have so many wonderful memories of it- -light coming through the trees, the amber color of the sun, through the water. Crawdads, blackberries, big leaves, dogwood trees, time with my parents, and now, time with my own kids, there.”