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Georgetown Divide Public Utility District
Established 1946
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PRESS RELEASE

Georgetown Divide Public Utility District

King Fire – Stumpy & Surrounding Watershed

The Community has realized the devastating effects of the King Fire.Many evacuations, both voluntary and mandatory, have occurred within large portions of the community, East of the town of Georgetown. Stumpy Meadows, together with the watershed within Pilot Creek, above the Lake, were in the immediate path of the fire and continue to be under threat of damage as the fire crews struggle for containment.

District staff remains in contact with the Forest Service, Cal Fire, and the El Dorado County Emergency Operations Center, with reports provided by the same on a daily basis.These agencies have provided the District complete access to the facilities at Stumpy.Frequent adjustments to the release of water from Stumpy are necessary in the management of water within the distribution system.The release of water from Stumpy is well protected against fire.

A brief description of the water distribution system is warranted to provide the Public with a better understanding of this facility.Water is released from Stumpy via a mechanical valve housed within a secure structure at the base of the dam.These releases, flow downstream in the natural channel of Pilot Creek for a distance of approximately 2 miles, where the water is diverted into the District Canal.The canal is both lined and piped.There are no sections within a wooden flume. This system is well protected against fire. This system is not in the area of the current fire.

The District does not anticipate an interruption in the supply of water to our Community as a result of the fire.

All potable water, drinking water, is treated at one of the two District Treatment Plants.These plants are located at Walton Lake and Auburn Lake Trails. The standard testing of water, as required by the State of California, is ongoing prior to release to the community.Should water not meet these standards, the Community would be notified immediately.

District staff has dedicated a substantial amount of time inspecting the watershed around Stumpy and above the Lake.Initial concerns relate to potential soil erosion this winter.A complete assessment of the resource damage to this watershed will follow once the smoke has dissipated and access is improved. The District is currently in contact with the Resource Conservation District to assist in this assessment.A majority of these lands are under the ownership of the Forest Service and Sierra Pacific Industries. The District is in contact with these two landowners.

The District will seek funding from outside agencies once we have more information relative to the damage within the Stumpy watershed.

For additional information on the District and their Facilities you are encouraged to visit the website or call (530) 333-4356.

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News

District's Drought Conditions: GDPUD has issued an update regarding Stumpy Reservoir and the drought conditions.

Join the Finance Committee: The Finance Committee Members would like invite individuals in the community, interested in joining the Finance Committee to contact the District.

Meeting Times

  • Regular Board Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of each Month @ 6PM at GDPUD Main Office.

Agendas, Minutes, Recordings and Board Packets are available on the Agendas & Minutes Page.

GDPUD Overview

The Georgetown Divide Public Utility District celebrated 60 years of service in 2006. The communities we serve are located in western El Dorado County among the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, situated in the heart of the Mother Lode.

  • Location – 72,000 acres serving unincorporated areas of western El Dorado County
  • Services – Irrigation and domestic water supplies, on-site wastewater disposal
  • Population of area served – 15,000
  • Formation Date – June 4, 1946
  • Type of District (Act) – California Public Utility District Act
  • Source of Water – Pilot Creek water rights
  • Amount of Water Served – Approximately 12,000 acre-feet per year
  • Predecessor Agencies – A series of private water companies dating back to 1852 and the El Dorado, Pilot and Rock Creek Canal Companies

GDPUD History

The origins of District facilities can be directly traced back to 1852 and the El Dorado, Pilot and Rock Creek Canal Companies, one of the first established water purveyors in the State of California – a not inconsequential result of James Marshall’s discovery of gold in nearby Coloma. Following the decline in gold production, agriculture and lumbering became the staple industries on the Divide for many years.

The focus of the District water supply system is the Stumpy Meadows Reservoir, a 20,000 acre-foot impoundment on Pilot Creek, at the eastern edge of the District. Water from this source of supply traverses down through some 75 miles of ditch and pipeline to provide agricultural water and raw water supplies for the District’s treated water division.

About the Georgetown Divide

The Georgetown Divide is located between the Middle and South Forks of the American River, nestled in the heart of the Sierra Nevada Foothills and Northern California’s Gold Country. Access is through Hwy 50 and Hwy 80, making it in close proximity to either metropolitan cities or recreational activities of Lake Tahoe.

The community is a haven for those who enjoy boating, hiking, fishing and hunting, and is well known for its fine wine grapes and specialty agriculture. Events to watch for are Founder’s Day and the annual Jeepers Jamboree.

The Divide has a population of about 15,000 with 415 square miles located in El Dorado County. The communities of Garden Valley, Kelsey, Pilot Hill, Greenwood and Cool surround Georgetown.

For more information on the pleasures of living and working within the Georgetown Divide community, visit www.mygeorgetowndivide.com or www.visit-eldorado.com.

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Photographs in the header supplied by Divide residents Philbin, Dalcolletto, Holtgrieve.