EID celebrates 10 years of Sly Park ownership
On Oct. 7, a celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the El Dorado Irrigation District’s purchase of the Sly Park Unit took place on the shore of Jenkinson Lake.
The crown jewel in EID’s system, the Sly Park Unit, was built in 1955 and managed by EID until 2003, when EID bought it from the United States Bureau of Reclamation for $8.6 million. For that price, EID acquired the Sly Park Dam and Reservoir, Jenkinson Lake recreation facilities, Camp Creek Diversion Dam and Tunnel, along with all the associated pipelines, conduits, tunnels, pumping plants, intake facilities, aqueducts, laterals, water storage and regulatory facilities.
The acquisition, along with the transfer in 1999 of Project 184 (the 20-megawatt El Dorado hydroelectric power generation project), gave the district control over 80 percent of its water supply.
Held at the boat ramp of Sly Park ...