Finnon Lake, with a recently revamped reservoir and earthen dam, has seen water return with the season’s rainfall and some limited runoff.
It is awaiting a fill-up from the El Dorado Irrigation District.
Before EID can fulfill its obligation to help fill the reservoir, however, it has to overcome some preparatory hurdles.
First it has to find a sources with sufficient pressure and perform field tests. Then it must dechlorinate the water to meet water quality standards for fish and aquatic life. Then it must obtain a permit from the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board before it can discharge water into the waters of the state.
“District engineering staff is working with the state to develop that discharge permit and with the Mosquito Volunteer Fire District for easements necessary to convey water from this existing hydrant location to the reservoir. We are hopeful that we can begin providing water to the reservoir before next year’s recreational season,” said EID Communications Director Mary Lynn Carlton.