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Water agency changing board make up

The El Dorado County Water Agency board of directors is one step closer to having two of its five positions filled by water purveyors.

At present, the water agency is comprised solely by the five board supervisors.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to move forward with amendments made to the El Dorado County Water Agency Act. One amendment would give Lake Tahoe more say within the agency.

A member would be appointed from the South Tahoe Public Utility District board to serve a four-year term.

Dave Solaro, 5th District supervisor for South Shore, voted in favor of the act.

“They certainly know more about water than I do,” Solaro said.

Purveyors have tried for years to be a part of the board of directors, Solaro said, but this is the first time the board has voted to advance the issue.

Chris Strohm, chairman of STPUD board of directors, agreed with the board’s move. He thinks water issues are a full-time job for a decision maker and said he is pleased with the board’s decision to give “people who live and breathe water” an opportunity to change water governance.

Strohm said that in the past, supervisors have based their water decisions on growth vs. no growth rather than on resident needs.

Having water experts on the board will change the decision-making process because they strive to provide the county with adequate and clean water, Strohm said.

“What we’re looking for are some clear-cut goals and a consistent budget to achieve those goals,” Strohm said, adding that the needs of well owners will not be forgotten.

The other non-supervisor will be selected from board members of the El Dorado Irrigation District, the Grizzly Flat Community Services District, and the Georgetown Divide Public Utility District.

The act will now be sent to either Sen. Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City, or Assemblyman Thomas “Rico” Oller, R-San Andreas, who will have until Feb. 25 to introduce the bill into the 2000 Legislature.

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