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Mind the drought

EDITOR: I think it is important to participate in one’s own government by taking ownership in your own community. One of our current problems is the drought issue. The government is searching for solutions, the El Dorado Irrigation District has issued a stage 2 water warning and we should be reflecting on our own households […]

No Comment / February 27, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

El Dorado County Water Agency implementing Drought Action Plan

With the driest calendar year on record in 2013, and a record‐setting dry and warm January 2014, the El Dorado County Water Agency is working to ensure the county has continued access to safe, reliable water supplies now and for the future. The agency, established in 1959 as a long‐term planning organization that leads, assists […]

No Comment / February 11, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

EID declares Stage 2 drought emergency

Water Supply Update

The El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors Tuesday skipped right over Stage 1 and unanimously went to a Stage 2 Water Supply Warning and asked customers to voluntarily reduce water consumption 30 percent. The water savings also applies to recycled water customers because recycled water is often supplemented with potable water. The resolution declaring […]

1 Comment / February 05, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Latest snow survey confirms drought

Village Life reported Dawn Hodson, left, holds on to the plastic bag used by Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Survey for the Department of Water Resources, during last week's snow survey. The results confirmed that this year's minuscule snowpack doesn't have much water content. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

While a picturesque flurry of snow hit the Sierras last week, it won’t have much impact on water supplies according to the most recent snow survey done last Thursday. Part of a statewide assessment, the measurements at Phillips Station near Echo Summit revealed snow that was more air than water, according to Frank Gehrke, chief […]

No Comment / February 03, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EID eys drought declaration, surcharge

On Feb. 4, a special meeting of the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors will convene to consider declaring a Stage 1 water alert. It has been widely reported that 2013 was the driest year in recorded history for many areas of California. Current conditions suggest much of the same for 2014. “There are […]

No Comment / January 30, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Garden Guru: Drought-resistant champions

If any of you remember the Billy Ocean song with the lyrics “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” well, as an adage this is very appropriate for these challenging times of drought . With record-setting runs of days without rainfall, it is important to remember how many of our tough landscape plants […]

No Comment / January 27, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Drought conditions lead to early need of defensible space

SACRAMENTO — In just the first three weeks of January, Cal Fire has already responded to a significant increase in wildfires this winter due to the extremely dry conditions. As a result, Cal Fire officials are reminding residents to ensure they are maintaining 100 feet of defensible space; a reminder that comes several months earlier than […]

No Comment / January 27, 2014 | Posted in News | Read More »

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