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Survey shows lower snow depth but more water content

DWR official Frank Gehrke, right, weighs the snowpack on a scale held by Brian Brown of the Legislative Analyst's Office during a snow survey at Phillips Station on Echo Summit on March 1. Matthew Dumlao with the Senate Natural Resources Committee and Rachel Ehlers with the Legislative Analyst's Office, at rear, also assist in collecting snowpack data. The statewide snowpack was found to be 83 percent of the March 1 average. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Sunny skies did not bode well for the snowpack as Department of Water Resources staff conducted a March 1 snow survey at Phillips Station. Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, and his survey team measured snow that averaged 58.3 inches deep, with a water content of 27.1 inches on the snow […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EID’s recycled water program stays as-is

The El Dorado Irrigation District recycled water program may be award-winning but officials apparently have no immediate plans to expand it. Provided to the EID Board of Directors as an information item at its Feb. 22 meeting, managing engineer Elizabeth Wells discussed in detail the district’s recycled water program, noting it first began more than 30 years ago. Initially the […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Residents continue to reduce water use

For the month of January El Dorado Irrigation customers reduced their water use by 25 percent compared to January 2013. The cumulative water savings since June 2015 remains at 30 percent. EID is required to reduce its water consumption by 28 percent from June 2015 through February 2016, compared to the same months in 2013, under […]

Comments Off / February 22, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

American Watercolor Society exhibits at Sacramento Fine Arts Center

"Moonlight Nocturne IV" by Denise Athanas

The American Watercolor Society, founded in New York by 11 painters, initiated their renowned traveling exhibits in 1905. Today, the tour is considered one of the premiere watercolor shows in the world. More than 1,200 artists from the United States and 12 foreign countries submitted their art to a panel of jurors (who were chosen […]

Comments Off / February 14, 2016 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

EID’s water rates go up next month

Despite objections from a large crowd of ratepayers, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors approved rate increases that go into effect Feb. 1. Voted on at the Jan. 11 meeting was a 5 percent increase in potable and recycled water rates this year; a 5 percent increase in potable, wastewater and recycled water in 2017; a 4 percent increase […]

Comments Off / January 18, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Where are developers going to get the water?

EDITOR: Regarding Parker Development’s plan to build 1,000 more water-consuming homes, I don’t know about other residents, but this resident does not want to be forced into even more draconian water shortage measures just to feed some developer’s desire to saturate El Dorado Hills with another thousand water-consuming homes. And remember folks, these numbers do not include the […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

EID’s water waste

EDITOR: This entire year we, customers of the El Dorado Irrigation District, have been asked to do whatever we can to save water. Let your lawn go brown, flush your toilet less frequently, don’t wash your car, etc. On Thanksgiving morning my neighbor and I noticed a water leak coming from the waterline between my […]

Comments Off / December 07, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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