Sugar Pine Dam is an earthfill embankment dam in Placer County, California, approximately 7 miles (11 km) north of Foresthill.[1] It impounds North Shirttail Creek, a tributary of the North Fork American River, and serves as the primary municipal water supply for the Foresthill community.


The dam was authorized in 1965 as part of the Auburn-Folsom South Unit of the Central Valley Project.[1][3] Construction began in 1979, and the dam was completed in 1982. The project was transferred to the Foresthill Public Utility District for operation and maintenance in 1984.[1] Although Sugar Pine Dam was funded through the Central Valley Project, it was never integrated into the project operationally, as it was intended to work with the never-completed Auburn Dam.[3] The Sugar Pine Pipeline carries water from Sugar Pine Reservoir to the Foresthill area.[1]

In 2003, the Foresthill Public Utility District purchased Sugar Pine Dam, reservoir, and the pipeline from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for $3.1 million.[4] As of 2012, the district provides water to 1,875 homes and 75 businesses in and around Foresthill.[3]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Auburn-Folsom South Unit Project". U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. August 31, 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Sugar Pine Reservoir
  3. ^ a b c Long, Roberta (March 23, 2012). "Foresthill Public Utility District Fights for Its Life". Mountain Democrat. Placerville, California. p. A2. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Foresthill Public Utility District. Retrieved 29 September 2014.

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation document: "Auburn-Folsom South Unit Project".