$607,000 grant to finalize Perazzo Meadows restoration near Truckee
TRUCKEE, Calif. — The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recently selected 24 projects — out of 190 proposals — to receive funding from its Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) Restoration Grant Programs.
One of the programs selected was the Truckee River Watershed Council’s Perazzo Meadows restoration project, which received a grant of $607,889.
Perazzo Meadows, a near 900-acre sprawl of pristine wet meadows and montane forest along the Little Truckee River about 15 miles north of Truckee, plays a vital role in the Truckee River watershed, said Lisa Wallace, executive director of the TRWC.
“(The project is) important because it allows us to complete a restoration project that we started several years ago,” Wallace said. “Phase 1 and Phase 2 of that meadow restoration are completed; this grant will allow us to complete the third and final phase.”
The final phase, Wallace said, will consist of pre-project monitoring, design and implementation, and post-project monitoring.
“We know the meadows system is degraded and the pre-project monitoring lets us understand specifically what the impacts are,” said Wallace, adding that the council will be surveying the meadow’s water quality and water flows, as well as the plant life, vegetation, and wildlife.
Wallace said the pre-project and design aspects will run through 2017, and the restoration actions will likely be implemented in 2018 or 2019.
Post-project monitoring, meanwhile, will be done so the TRWC “understands the effectiveness of the restoration,” Wallace said, before noting, “The benefits we’ve seen from the first two phases have been significant in water quality, water flow and water wildlife.”
With a river frontage of approximately 1.5 miles, Perazzo Meadows — which the Truckee Donner Land Trust acquired in 2008 — is home to not only an abundance of fish and wildlife, but also a host of recreation and outdoors enthusiasts.
“There’s a lot of birds and a lot of fish,” Wallace said, “and their habitat is being degraded because of the severity of the erosion through the meadows.
Additionally, “it’s a really beloved area for hiking, angling, winter sports,” she added. “(The project) helps maintain those recreational values.”
Wallace also said the Little Truckee River system is an important water supply and the restoration of the meadows will help provide water-supply security.
The TRWC is partnering on the Perazzo Meadows restoration project with TDLT, US Forest Service,, Sierra County and others.
“Although we’re the recipients of the grant,” Wallace said, “we really value and appreciate the partnership with those three entities and other stakeholders that will work with us.”
In total, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife is giving $31.4 million in funds to the 24 restoration projects the agency selected.
“These projects achieve the spirit and intent of Proposition 1 to protect and restore important ecosystems around the state,” CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham said in a press release. “Investing in these projects is exciting. These projects prove we can conserve California’s natural resources, while also contributing to other critical statewide needs, such as enhancing water supply reliability.”
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