SAVE the El Dorado Canal
(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).
WITH YOUR HELP WE WILL WIN THIS BATTLE!
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@example.com
Or check out our website: www.savethecanal.INFO
and our Facebook page "Save the Canal"
see you on the trail....
Dear Friends of Save the Canal,
We wanted to keep you up to date and let you know that Save the Canal has filed a lawsuit against EID to protect this valuable asset to our community.
We need your help now! 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
PLEASE SUPPORT OUT LEGAL DEFENSE FUND WITH YOUR FINANCIAL DONATION TODAY.
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.
ON LINE DONATIONS WITH CREDIT CARD: http://www.gofundme.com/savethecanal
--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 baggies 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 2015 -2019 and we could not have gotten this far without your continued support. We continue to be grateful when we run into you around town cheering on our efforts and IT DOES make a difference. You make the difference.
Let's all make the difference!
Your friends at Save the Canal
and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Monday January 28, 9:00 am
EID Board meeting
2890 Mosquito Road
The EID board meeting on Monday (1/28) includes a vote to re-evaluate whether the Canal project will be included in the current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) or put on hold for future assessment (See item 7 below).
Your support and comments have gotten us here. Now we need to demonstrate our resolve by FILLING the EID board meeting on Monday. This project has been a 3-2 vote for many years, but we now have 2 new board members and a real chance to put this project on hold indefinitely. This is the most important meeting to date in regards to whether the proposed project will go forward.
Also up for consideration is a study for an assessment of the entire canal system from Kyburz and possible reassignment of the priorities of projects. At the last meeting the board had a closed session to consider the “Significant exposure to litigation: Opposition to the proposed Upper Main Ditch Piping Project”. That’s us!
If you ever wondered when would be the right time to show up -
IT IS NOW!
We need to pack the house and show our opposition.
We’ll see you there!
Save The Canal
Excerpts from the Board meeting agenda and information packet:
7. Engineering (Mueller) Consideration to adopt the 2019 – 2023 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
Option 1: Adopt the 2019 – 2023 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) as presented, subject to available funding.
Option 2: Adopt the 2019 – 2023 CIP, subject to available funding with removal of the EDH Raw Water Intake and Main Ditch piping projects, and re-evaluate these projects for inclusion in future CIP annual updates.
Option 3: Take other action as directed by the Board.
Option 4: Take no action.
B. Conference with General Counsel – Anticipated Litigation (Poulsen) Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2): (Number of potential cases unknown: Opposition to the proposed Upper Main Ditch Piping Project)
Reliability & service level improvements
Basis for Priority: The canal system has not had an assessment done and no priorities set to determine what work needs to be completed and what issues are needing to be addressed. Additionally, one third of the District's water supply would be out of service for an extended period in the event of a canal breach resulting in int
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.