- Foresthill Public Utility District (FPUD) was
formed in 1950.
- Sugar Pine Dam was completed January
1, 1984. Prior to this date, water was
collected and diverted from many
sources, i.e. springs, creeks, wells, mine
- In 2003, FPUD acquired Sugar Pine Dam
in a purchase agreement with the Federal
- Currently FPUD serves approx. 1,781
homes and businesses.
- Population within FPUD boundary is
approximately 5,800 residents.
- Remember the drought in the mid-
seventies? FPUD was forced to pump
water out of Paragon mine owned by
Malcom Glover because almost all other
sources dried up!
- There are, and will continue to be,
Federal and State MANDATED fishery-
related water releases even if there is
NO WATER GOING INTO SUGAR PINE.
Regardless of the increased need for
residential or business consumption,
these MANDATED releases will continue.
The State and Federal Government have
prior claims to a certain amount of water
(salmon/steelhead habitat, for example)
regardless of actual amounts of supply.
- Raising the radial gates to hold more
water does not equate to a simple
calculation of an increase in acre feet (1
acre surface area times 1 foot deep
equals 1 acre foot). Sugar Pine's current
capacity is approximately 7,000 acre
feet. There is a factor called DRY YIELD
that requires an engineering study to find
the actual available water which may
result from increasing reservoir capacity
by raising radial gates. This study has
not been done yet.
- While the holding capacity of Sugar Pine
is 6,922 acre feet at full pool, in reality
the average yield of the resource (50%
above and 50% below) is plus or minus
4,500 acre feet.
- There is an area outside of FPUD
boundaries called sphere of influence
area. Forest Ranch's proposed
increased development area (i.e. more
homes, golf course, RV park, etc.) are in
the sphere of influence area. This means
that FPUD is not obligated at this time to
supply Forest Ranch with additional water
than the current zoning demands. To get
water service from FPUD, Forest Ranch
will be required to get FPUD Board
approval for annexation into FPUD