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File #: 20-1251    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 9/15/2020 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 9/29/2020 Final action: 9/29/2020
Title: County Counsel recommending the Board authorize the Chair to execute a funding agreement between El Dorado County and the El Dorado County Water Agency (Water Agency) wherein the County will provide a one-time contribution of $55,000 to the Water Agency to assist with funding for water conservation project(s) and to find that such contribution serves a public purpose and provides a valuable public benefit because it will conserve water which is a vital public resource. FUNDING: Risk Fund.
Attachments: 1. A - Settlement Agreement 9-29-2020, 2. B - Funding Agreement 9-29-2020, 3. Executed Funding Agreement
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County Counsel recommending the Board authorize the Chair to execute a funding agreement between El Dorado County and the El Dorado County Water Agency (Water Agency) wherein the County will provide a one-time contribution of $55,000 to the Water Agency to assist with funding for water conservation project(s) and to find that such contribution serves a public purpose and provides a valuable public benefit because it will conserve water which is a vital public resource.

FUNDING: Risk Fund.
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DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
The proposed Funding Agreement contemplates a one-time $55,000 contribution (Contribution) by the County to the Water Agency to be utilized through the Water Agency’s existing Cost Share Grant Program (Program) to assist with funding for an eligible project or projects in order to achieve a water savings of at least 9 acre feet of water per year. The potential projects may include, but are not limited to, updates to and modernization of existing irrigation systems to bring them into conformity with the 2015 Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO) which is an implementing regulation for the Water Conservation in Landscaping Act, Government Code §§ 65591-99, and/or repair or replacement of indoor or outdoor water systems that are outdated or in need of repair. The project(s) will increase water conservation in El Dorado County and will further the goal of ensuring that El Dorado County has adequate water now and in the future.

The Water Agency and the County intend that the Contribution be solely a one-time cash contribution to support the ongoing Program and that the Water Agency will remain solely responsible for managing the Program.

On September 22, 2020, The Board met in closed session on agenda item #20-1242 regarding existing litigation titled Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. El Dorado County (El Dorado County Superior Court Case No. PC20190271). The litigation involves a Petition for Writ of Mandate challenging ...

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