Editor's View: El Dorado County supervisors to hear about forest-water connection

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Looks like the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will be hearing from a college professor regarding ways to increase water yield from forests in the Sierra Nevada.

The presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m., March 20 at the Board of Supervisors meeting, 330 Fair Lane in Placerville.  There will be time for discussion following the presentation.

According to a press release issued by Supervisor Ray Nutting’s office, “Dr. Richard Bales, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute at U.C. Merced will be presenting new research on the beneficial impacts to water resources from sound forest management.”

According to the release, in a recently published paper Bales claims the Sierra Nevada Watershed Ecosystem Enhancement Project could increase water yield from forests and extend the retention of snowpack in the spring, both of which will translate into more water at the right time of year for the rest of California.

Again, according to the press release, “initial estimates suggest that reducing forest cover by 40 percent of maximum levels across a watershed could increase water yields by about 9 percent. Sustained, extensive treatments in dense Sierra Nevada forests could increase water yield by up to 16 percent.”

Bales’ presentation is sponsored by Nutting and El Dorado County Water Agency General Manager Dave Eggerton.

“Dr. Bales is on the cutting edge of research on the management of fuels in the Sierra Nevada and the effects on water quality and quantity,” said Nutting in a statement accompanying the press release.  “This presentation should prove to be very informative and I encourage the public to attend.”

I will reserve judgment since I haven’t seen the report or heard Bales speak, but it sounds like it’s promoting logging as a way to get more water out of the forested areas.

I have nothing against loggers, but it is certainly a hot-button issue in the west.

All aboard

Last week, yours truly along with some Folsom officials, boarded the Skagit rail car and headed out to see the new Folsom city limit sign on Placerville Road near the El Dorado Hills boarder. The Feb. 28 excursion marked the official expansion of the city’s borders. The annexation was approved in January. For the full story, see page A1.

Culinary event coming

Get your tickets now for the International Culinary Cookoff happening 2 to 6 p.m., March 18, at the Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., Folsom. Tickets are $25 per adult and $10 for children. You can purchase regular adult tickets from any member of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom, the Folsom Telegraph office at 921 Sutter St. or online at

Expect to find entertainment, great food provided by up to a dozen restaurants and caterers and a silent auction. Each ticket also receives one drink token. 

Funds raised benefit the Twin Lakes Food Bank and Powerhouse Ministries, as well as other charitable projects undertaken by the club.

To read our story on the event in the currnet Folsom Lake Entertainer magazine, click here.

Voting counts

We’ve received quite a few calls from parents of students at Sutter Middle School regarding the Samsung contest.

People are encouraged to go online and vote daily for the school because they could win $100,000 from Samsung.  Sutter Middle is the only California school in the running and as of this writing, they are in second place. Voting closes at 9 p.m. our time on Monday, March 12.

To vote, go to

Reach Telegraph Editor Don Chaddock at