SAVE the El Dorado Canal

October 2016

(Where we were over 2 years ago) The project is now estimated at over 13 million and they haven't even started yet!

Save the El Dorado Canal, is a group working to protect a 3 mile segment of a historic canal located in Pollock Pines, CA from being converted to a large pipe. 

This earthen canal was built in 1854 during the gold rush era and has become an integral part of the local ecosystem, a defining characteristic of the surrounding area, and central to the character of our community.

Your help is needed to save this valuable resource!

A legal defense fund has been set up to oppose this project. As a group we have already raised over $4500.00 outside of gofundme.

The local water utility, El Dorado Irrigation District (EID), has resorted to an exaggerated claim of water loss, from a 1970’s study to justify this project. This claim is being used to meet the mandated 20% water use reduction, (even though El Dorado County residents have more than exceeded reduction usage) opening the door for EID to receive more federal grants.

They are also eliciting fear in the community by claiming water quality degradation which is mostly unfounded and has been greatly exaggerated.

A core group has secured some funding to defend against EID’s actions to pipe the canal, but need your financial help with the overall legal cost.

Aside from the issues mentioned above, other concerns if the canal is piped:

• Loss of a firefighting resource

• More EID debt being generated for another unnecessary project. EID's last estimate is that over $5,000,000.00 will be paid by rate payers.

• Funding being used on this project could go where the need is greater

• Loss of a beautiful waterway, critical to a myriad of wildlife species and diverse plant community that lines its' banks.

• Loss of a vital El Dorado County gold rush cultural resource

Our goal is to attain $25,000 to fund a successful legal challenge to this proposed project under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


Any additional funds collected will be used for the betterment of the Pollock Pines community as decided by the Save the El Dorado Canal organization.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to us through this GoFundMe page or emailed to [email redacted]

Or check out our website: www.savethecanal.INFO

and our Facebook page "Save the Canal"

see you on the trail....

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Lisa Richmond
Pollock Pines, CA

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