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Lake Tahoe bike trail earns $350K grant

HOMEWOOD, Calif. — The California Natural Resources Agency this week announced $10 million in funding for 37 statewide environmental enhancement and mitigation projects.

Among those receiving funding is the Tahoe City Public Utility District’s Homewood Bike Trail project, which will get $350,000.

The CNRA Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program provides grants to local, state and federal governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations for projects to mitigate environmental impacts caused by new or modified state transportation facilities, according to a press release.

“These grants will help balance the impacts of new and improved transportation projects with our natural world,” said California Natural Resources Secretary John Laird in a statement. “The funding will go to projects that will offset vehicle emissions, provide roadside recreational opportunities, and allow for the acquisition, restoration, and enhancement of watersheds, wildlife habitat, wetlands and forests.”

Construction on the Homewood Bike Trail — a one-mile stretch between Cherry and Fawn streets, running mostly along Highway 89 — is slated for 2014, with completion by fall 2015.

It would complete the bike trail network from Tahoe City to Sugar Pine State Park on the West Shore.