Reclamation To Transfer Sly Park To El Dorado Irrigation District

Media Contact: Jeffrey McCracken, 916-978-5100

For Release: October 08, 2003

Reclamation Commissioner John Keys will join Congressman John Doolittle and officials from the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) in an event on October 13 to transfer the Sly Park Unit of the Central Valley Project in Pollock Pines to EID.

In accordance with legislation passed by Congress, Reclamation is transferring Sly Park Dam, Jenkinson Reservoir and other lands and facilities to the water district.

Reclamation built the Sly Park Unit between 1952 and 1955, and EID has operated and maintained it since completion. It supplies irrigation and drinking water to farms and nearly 100,000 residents in Pollock Pines, Shingle Springs, Placerville, El Dorado Hills, and other communities in the foothills region.

The transfer ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 13 near the boat ramp at Jenkinson Reservoir.

News media interested in covering the event can get additional information by calling either Reclamation at 916-978-5100 or EID at 530-642-4184. To request individual interviews with Commissioner Keys, please call Reclamation at 916-978-5101.

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