At its August meeting, our Board of Directors approved approximately $336,000 in funds to implement a series of projects throughout El Dorado County. The funds will support the efforts by the South Tahoe Public Utility District (STPUD), Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD), El Dorado Irrigation District (EID), Georgetown Divide Public Utility District (GDPUD), Grizzly Flats Community Services District (GFCSD), and the American River Conservancy (ARC). Implementation program projects will include cost and technical assistance for the following categories:

  • Water Security: STPUD and TCPUD are finalizing their water rights associated with the Truckee River Operating Agreement. In addition, the cost-share funds support STPUD, EID, GDPUD, and GFCSD to develop their urban water management plans that outline long-term resource planning and ensure adequate water supplies will meet existing and future water needs.
  • Assistance and Innovation: STPUD is pursuing technological advances for waterline protection systems to prioritize pipeline replacement, and to use artificial intelligence for predicting waterline failures. Also, GDPUD is implementing metering that will improve conservation and water delivery efficiencies.
  • Watershed Management: The ARC is leading a meadow assessment for the upper North Fork Cosumnes River watershed. This represents the initial phase for developing a comprehensive meadow restoration and monitoring plan that will benefit the County. 
  • Communication and Advocacy: STPUD is completing a private well owner survey, and gathering important data on well usage and water quality. An estimated 246 well owners will be contacted as part of the survey.