Angels Camp Museum Lecture Series! Join us Sunday Feb 4 for a Water Update from Utica Water & Power’s Joel Metzger

Angels Camp, CA…Learn about the water supply for Murphys, Vallecito, and Angels Camp. Utica’s 10-person staff is responsible for conveying up to 33,000-acre-feet of water from the North Fork Stanislaus River through a 27-mile-long conveyance system built during the Gold-Rush, consisting of wooden flumes, earthen/concrete ditches and five reservoirs. Utica also operates a 3.6 MW hydroelectric power plant in Murphys and 1.4 MW plant in Angels Camp. The water conveyed by Utica is provided to residential, commercial and agricultural customers in the Murphys, Douglas Flat, Vallecito and Angels Camp region.

Photo Credit Utica Water & Power: Joel Metzger and Flume 1. Flume 1 was witness to the fresh snowfall that covered much of the upper Highway 4 Corridor recently. This is the first flume in Utica’s 27-mile-long system and sits right below Hunter Reservoir in Avery.


Join Us

Sunday, February 4th, 2024

2:00-3:00 pm

Angels Camp Museum Carriage House

753 S. Main Street, Angels Camp, CA

Our Speaker:

Joel Metzger, General Manager

Utica Water and Power Authority (Utica)

The Latest News from Utica Water

& Power Authority!

Learn about the water supply for

Murphys, Vallecito, and Angels Camp


Presentation Topics:

General overview of Utica Water and Power Authority
Showing of the video: “Water: Our Gold”
Overview of natural disaster threats to the water supply system, grant funding to mitigate these threats, with special focus on wildfire
Overview of the FERC Exemption Application process and what that would mean for our community
About our Presenter:

Joel Metzger

Joel Metzger is the general manager of the Utica Water and Power Authority (Utica), a position he has held for three years. He was raised in Calaveras County and lives in Vallecito with his family. Outside of work, he enjoys mountaineering, traveling, photography, landscaping, gardening, tennis, golf, skiing, and spending time with his family. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Columbia College in Sonora and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.

His first job following college was with the Calaveras Enterprise Newspaper, where he spent six years working as a newspaper reporter and eventually earning a promotion to editor in chief. He made a major career change in 2014 when he was hired by the Calaveras County Water District (CCWD) as a member of the management team.

Over the next six years, he served as head external affairs, grant writing, water conservation, customer service and legislative advocacy. On July 13, 2021 Joel was hired as general manager of Utica Water and Power.

What better person to have come and update us all on what’s new and important around our most precious natural asset and the infrastructure it depends on. We hope you’ll join us!

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All are welcome. Arrive early for refreshments.

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