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EID Receives Transparency Certificate of Excellence
Contact: Mary Lynn Carlton, (530) 642-4103, firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Placerville, Calif. — On December 11, El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) was notified that it received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.
"This award is a testament to EID's commitment to open government," said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. "The entire district staff is to be commended for their contributions that empower the public with information and facilitate engagement and oversight."
In order to receive the award, a special district must demonstrate the completion of eight essential governance transparency requirements, including conducting ethics training for all board members, properly conducting open and public meetings, and filing financial transactions and compensation reports to the State Controller in a timely manner.
EID also fulfilled fifteen website requirements, including providing readily available information to the public, such as board agendas, past minutes, current district budget, and the most recent financial audit.
Finally, the district must demonstrate outreach to its constituents that engages the public in its governance, through a regular district newsletter and a community engagement project.
El Dorado Irrigation District is an irrigation special district serving nearly 110,000 residents in northern California's El Dorado County. EID customer needs are as broad ranging as the area's diversity. The district provides drinking water for homes, schools and businesses and recycled water from wastewater treatment plants to irrigate front and back yards and public landscapes. EID operates a hydroelectric power project that includes dams, reservoirs and 23 miles of flumes, canals, siphons and tunnels and that was relicensed in 2006 for 40 years. The district also owns and manages several outdoor recreation sites, including Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines and a 42-unit campground at Silver Lake.
SDLF is an independent, non-profit organization formed to promote good governance and best practices among California's special districts through certification, accreditation, and other recognition programs.
Special districts are independent public agencies that deliver core local services to communities, such as water, fire protection, parks and recreation, healthcare, sanitation, mosquito abatement, ports, libraries, public cemeteries and more. Districts are established by voters and their funding is approved by voters in order to meet specific needs through focused service. They can be specially molded to serve large regions or small neighborhoods depending on the need.
EID is a public agency dedicated to providing high quality water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, hydropower, and recreation services in an environmentally and fiscally responsible manner.