Agency Leads Post-Caldor Fire Watershed Restoration Efforts to Ensure Grizzly Flats Community Has a Reliable Water Supply
We are pleased to announce that the Agency, in partnership with the El Dorado and Georgetown Divide Resource Conservation Districts (RCD), was awarded a $1,875,000 WaterSMART grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior to ensure the Grizzly Flats community has a safe and reliable water supply.
In addition to demolishing homes and structures in Grizzly Flats, the Caldor Fire destroyed two water supply intakes and the surrounding watersheds which provide the community’s sole water supply. Through this grant funding, the Agency and RCD will work to provide near- and long-term support by reversing the ecological, economic, environmental, aesthetic and social impacts of this federally declared disaster.
The WaterSMART grant funding will support the Agency’s and the RCD’s recovery efforts to re-establish a healthy forest, improve water quality, support wildlife habitat, lower water supply system maintenance costs, and reduce long-term levels of hazardous fuels.
“Without actions to recover these watersheds, water supply reliability for the Grizzly Flats community would remain at risk,” said George Turnboo, Agency Board member and County Board for District 2, where the Caldor Fire occurred. “We’re thrilled that the federal government has invested in these restoration efforts, and we can help the struggling Grizzly Flats community recover from the Caldor Fire.”
The RCD will serve as Project Manager, building on the organization’s extensive experience from the 2014 King Fire that burned 97,000 acres in El Dorado County.
“This is an important project that will integrate restoration and recovery work at the local, state, and federal levels,” said Mark Egbert, District Manager of the RCD. “This strategic watershed restoration project will involve extensive collaboration with a variety of agencies, including the Grizzly Flats Community Services District, U.S. Forest Service, El Dorado County Fire Recovery Team, American River Conservancy, and more.”
For more information about the post-Caldor Fire watershed restoration project, please visit our website.