SAVE the El Dorado Canal
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).
WITH YOUR HELP WE WILL WIN THIS BATTLE!
Any additionals 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 check out our website: www.savethecanal.INFO
and our Facebook page "Save the Canal"
see you on the trail....
The draft EIR(Environmental Impact Report) was released on Wednesday June 6. A link to it is below along with a timeline of important dates in the next 45 days.
EID claims that piping the canal (Upper Main Ditch) that runs 3 miles from Forebay Lake to Gilmore will result in no significant impacts on our community. We now have 45 days (until July 23) to contest it. You will have 2 forums in which to express concerns and/or opposition to the proposed project. EID will hold a town hall meeting on June 27 at 6pm where you can voice your comments. Written comments will also be accepted by EID until July 23rd.
SAVE THE CANAL will host a town hall meeting on July 11th at 6:30pm to help organize the opposition. We will need STRONG attendance at both town hall meetings, the one EID is putting on and the one SAVE THE CANAL is hosting - otherwise EID will simply run over us.
SAVE THE CANAL members are diligently dividing and reading through the 446 page document and massive appendices. Needless to say it will be a very busy 45 days full of reading, researching, fundraising, canal meetings, and town hall meetings. There are many ways to help and we want you to know that the time is now. At our town hall meeting we will likely be split into groups with clear instruction from people with CEQA experience (California Environmental Quality Act) on how to compose effective comment letters. If anyone has any areas of expertise pertaining to its contents we would appreciate your input. We also have a GOFUNDME account set-up for contributions to assist in our efforts.
1. Each rate payer (YES YOU) will pay an average of $300 plus for this proposed project ($12 million and growing). You already get to pay $600 plus for the Dam project! (25 million)
2. We will lose a critical fire fighting resource with no plan to add any hydrants. The section of the canal just above Forebay was used to save our town during the King Fire!
3. EID says that they will bulldoze a 3 mile long, 50 foot wide swath through our town, but it will have no negative impacts on recreation, aesthetics, historical resources or wildlife habitat.
4. Any benefits of the proposed project will be primarily directed at downstream developers that don't care about our rural heritage and the beauty of our community.
5. The EID Board is split 3-2 with our local representative, George Osborne, supporting the project. He needs to hear our opposition loud and clear, and change his vote!
This is our only chance to reject the project!
They are counting on your silence - Make your voice heard!
Link to Draft EIR:
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Thank you for your support, past, present and future. We can do this with your help.
Your friends at Save the Canal
Our last Bake Sale was a huge success---all thanks to your support!!*:). We plan to hold another Bake Sale on Saturday, DECEMBER 9 at Safeway from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please deliver your baked items to Safeway between 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Also, please shoot me a quick e-mail so I'll know how many to expect. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We learned that cupcakes don't seem to sell very well. Brownies, Fudge, Macaroons, Snickerdoodles and Oatmeal cookies, went over very well. Having each cookie/brownie, etc. in a zip-lock baggie for $1.00 was very successful. Just about everyone was willing pay only $1.00 for something yummy. If your cookies are small, put 2 in a zip-lock baggie for freshness too. People are glad to pay $1.00 for a nice size cookie or brownie, etc.
**Since so many people are allergic to nuts these days, please write "nuts" on anything you make that contains nuts.
We had several new visitors at our last Canal Meeting who are eager to help out our cause. We truly appreciate the support.
The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) still has not been released. We're keeping track of what's going on and we will let you know when the report is released. That is when we’ll need community support to letter write. This is also when our attorney will go to bat for us. You’ll hear about a Town Hall meeting as soon as it is released as we’ll have 45 days to respond.
Thank you so much for standing together with us and supporting our efforts. We couldn't continue without you!!!!
Thank you so much for your support of Save the Canal. We want to keep you updated about the Upper Main Ditch piping project.
--Due to numerous postponements by the El Dorado Irrigation district(EID) over the past year, we continue to wait for the draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to be released. We feel that in part, it is the continual inquiries by our group that has required EID to look a little more closely at the figures they were claiming as facts in their studies. These “facts” were used in order to obtain grants as well as the foundation to create an EIR in order to move forward with the Upper Main Ditch project. It is your continued support that keeps us energized to find out the truth. Delaying is good. We can’t thank you enough.
--That said, we are unable to file our lawsuit until the EIR for the Upper Main Ditch project is released. Initially we were told that the report should be ready by October, then November, then December 2016. This year we were told it should be ready by the end of February 2017. EID reported that the draft EIR was received but was flawed with a number of errors that must be corrected. Again, it leaves us wondering what would have happened if no one questioned those figures? Would they be piping it right now? As of today - November 8, 2017, we have been told it will be ready by the end of the year. Again, delaying is good.
--Though the Forebay Dam is a separate project, Save the Canal is rightly concerned that the land surrounding the Upper Main Ditch will suffer a similar fate.
--In April, the Earth Day event at the Placerville Library was a huge success. We had many new people sign up to get news updates and we took in over $500 in donations.
--Our Historical Committee delivered a completed nomination packet for the historic 3-mile stretch of the El Dorado Canal in Pollock Pines to the California Office of Historic Preservation in Sacramento, CA. This ditch was originally built to transport water to mining camps during the Gold Rush Days as well as for hydraulic mining. We are submitting it for consideration as a California Historical Landmark.
Through all of this, we have continued to meet regularly at the Community Center in Pollock Pines every other Monday to keep abreast of any news and to plan our strategy.
--We have been strategizing inexpensive ways to complete our legal fundraising goal. Money has been spent on sending out letters and making signs, posters and postcards to pass out at events and around town. Most recently we ordered a new blue and yellow yard sign. Have you seen it? Do you have a well traveled spot to display our newest yard sign? A business? Residence? We’d love your help. Come to a meeting to pick up or contact Lisa at <email@example.com> to obtain some signs. Grab a car window sticker too!
--Your continued help and support is critical to our success. Thanks so much to each of you that have expressed your support with the preservation of this historic mining era resource. It’s a flat and beautiful recreational trail serving all ages of our community. Have any fund raising ideas you’d like to work on? We’d love your help! Please consider asking your friends and family for a donation to our legal fund as every little bit helps. We are grateful for your continued support.
--Our next meeting is Nov 27th at 6:00 pm. One of our newest members, Lindia is planning a series of bake sales this holiday season and we will need your help baking and selling. Our first sale is on November 12 at Safeway in Pollock Pines. Are you able to help bake? Please drop off your baked goods at Safeway at 9:30am on Sunday, 11/12. Package for individual sales. Ziplocs work great as they are ready for sale and keep them fresh. Anyone is welcome to stay and help.
--Join our Facebook Page. “Save the Canal”- We’d love your memories of time spent on the canal.
--Make a donation at GOFUNDME.com/savethecanal
--Visit our website www.savethecanal.info.
SAVE THE CANAL
We have a very important board meeting we NEED you to attend on Monday 6/26 at 9:00 AM at EID, 2890 Mosquito Rd., Placerville, CA. We need people to be there to show support of our cause. We really need new faces. Come on out of the woods. You can just be there in support or you can Voice your Opinion.
We are happy to let you know what you say if needed. Our project is on the official agenda for the first time as the board is being asked to approve an ADDITIONAL $595,762.00 for this project. That's rate payer money! See additional info below. Any questions? Please send along an email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are still working hard to Save the Canal however the start of the Main Ditch project has been delayed until 2018. In fact, we still have not seen the draft EIR (environmental impact report). It has been postponed many times as they try to refine what they thought they could just push through without anyone noticing. This delay is giving us more time to fundraise for our legal defense fund. Thank you to all of you who have contributed. ANY amount helps and we are grateful. We still need your support.
July 4th Parade: We will be joining in on the Pollock Pines Fourth of July Parade. Will you join us? You can walk, jog, ride your bike, or ride the float...All canal trail activities are approved :) If you don't know about this parade, it is the best of small town living. Truly a gem. Let us know if you would like to join us here (email@example.com) or on our Facebook page. We have alot of ideas that we are dialing in this week. THE MORE THE MERRIER. Show your canal spirit!
Save the Canal
EID BOARD ACTION ITEMS 6/26 9am @EID headquarters
7. Engineering (Eden-Bishop) Project update and consideration of approval of professional services contract amendments with Domenichelli and Associates in the not-to-exceed amount of $155,668, Stantec in the not-to-exceed amount of $271,783, and PPC Land Consultants in the not-to-exceed amount of $48,311, and authorize $595,762 in total funding for the Main Ditch Improvements; Project No. 11032.
Option 1: Approve professional services contract amendments with Domenichelli and Associates in the not-to-exceed amount of $155,668, Stantec in the not-to-exceed amount of $271,783, and PPC Land Consultants in the not-to-exceed amount of $48,311 and authorization of $595,762 in total funding for the Main Ditch Project, Project No. 11032.
Option 2: Take other action as directed by the Board.
Option 3: Take no action.
Recommended Action: Option 1.
We are encouraging all of you who can possibly make it to come to the meeting at 9:00 a.m. Since this is the FIRST TIME this has been on the agenda we can speak to the item when the Board presents it and asks for public comments. If you want to come but you're not sure what to say, we can give you a short statement. We need to let them know we are opposed to the Piping Project and to the proposed increase in expenses.
IF you are unable to attend the EID meeting next Monday, you can still be a huge help by sending a letter or email to the General Manager, Jim Abercrombie at EID, 2890 Mosquito Rd., Placerville, CA 95667 at email firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition you can email the Board of Directors at email@example.com.
mike Chavez We are happy to see that the word is getting out about the campaign to stop the destruction of this historic Canal. Thanks for your donations to this important cause. We are committed to stopping E I D from going forward with their plans to pipe the canal and cut down so many beautiful tall trees.