Auburn – A major water system upgrade on the Boardman Canal northeast of Colfax will begin this summer under action taken Thursday (June 15) by the Placer County Water Agency Board of Directors.

The Secret Town Pipeline Improvement Project includes replacement of about 2500 feet of raw water transmission line that has been leaking and has had several failures in recent years.

PCWA Director of Field Services Mike Nichol said the water agency plans to replace about half of the old 30-inch-diameter line this summer and complete the job next year.

The Secret Town and nearby Gold Run pipelines have been identified as priority improvements on the Boardman Canal, a major conveyance system that carries water through Zone 3 and the upper foothills to Auburn and Zone 1.

 The board approved environmental studies and the project after hosting a public hearing which attracted no public testimony.

 In other business, directors:

  •  learned that water from the American River may not be available until July 15 because of storm damage delays the Bureau of Reclamation is facing with its temporary pump installation. The agency has been in contact with other local water suppliers to arrange for water transfers if needed. The temporary pumps are usually operational by April or May. 
  • extended the application date until June 22 – because of delays in receiving water from the American River – for growers in the Zone 5 agricultural water service area. About 12,000 acre-feet of water is expected to be available to Zone 5 this year.
  • received a 2005 independent audit of the agency presented by Peggy A. Vande Vooren of Gilbert Associates, Inc., a Sacramento-based certified public accounting firm. District 5 Director Otis Wollan, of Colfax, expressed satisfaction with the audit, saying “it is a good report on all elements.” 
  • learned that PCWA District 1 Director Pauline Roccucci, of Roseville, was elected on Wednesday (June 13) as special district representative to the Placer County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO). 
  • heard a presentation on the Canyon Keepers program in the Auburn State Recreation Area. Jim Ferris, co-author of the guidebook, American River Canyon Hikes, spoke of the many programs and activities that are being coordinated by the volunteer group.

The PCWA Board of Directors will next meet in adjourned session at 2 p.m. June 28 at the PCWA Business Center, 144 Ferguson Road, in Auburn. The board’s next regular meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on July 6 in the Placer County Board of Supervisors chambers, 175 Fulweiler Avenue, in Auburn. PCWA board meetings are open to the public.

 Information on PCWA board meetings may be obtained by calling the Clerk to the Board at (530) 823-4860.

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