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The Placer County Water Agency has received a $443,750 state grant to improve portions of the Boardman Canal in a remote area above Colfax, it was announced at Thursday’s (Aug. 1) meeting of the PCWA Board of Directors. Director of Field Services Mike Nichol said the funding will be used to line a difficult 6000-foot section of the canal in steep terrain near Cape Horn.
Nicol said the work is planned over a three-year period and would prevent the loss of an estimated 250 acre-feet of water per year and would improve system reliability.
PCWA obtained the funding through Proposition 50, the Water Security, Clean Drinking
Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act, a bond issue passed by California voters in 2002.
The grant continues PCWA’s success in gaining funding for water system and operational improvements. Over the past several years the agency has received nearly $1.1 million in grants for canal system upgrades and another $300,000 for reduction of vehicle and equipment emissions.