DAVE EGGERTON is general manager of the El Dorado County Water Agency. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR is the largest in SMUD's Upper American River Project, also nicknamed the "Stairway of Power." Union Valley holds 277,290 acre-feet of water. Camino Powerhouse, Slab Creek and White Rock powerhouses all use water from the South Fork of the American River. Starting with three small reservoirs in Desolation Valley UARP stores 400,000 acre-feet of water in 11 reservoirs and generates 688 megawatts. When built in the 1950s and '60s the project cost $50 million. Democrat file photo by Krysten Kellum
SNOW STILL lingers along the shady north bank of the South Fork of the American River in the American River Canyon. El Dorado Irrigation District draws 15,080 acre-feet of water from the South Fork and has been granted rights to another 17,000 acre-feet. The El Dorado County Water Agency is pursuing 40,000 acre-feet of area-of-origin water rights from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's Upper American River Project. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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