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Forest Service seeks comment on William Kent project

Sun staff report

TAHOE CITY, Calif. and#8212; The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking public input on environmental assessment prepared for a proposed Tahoe City redevelopment.

The proposed project area is approximately 22 acres, located one mile south of Tahoe City; it consists of the William Kent Campground, the William Kent administrative site and the William Kent day-use beach area.

The campground is a U.S. Forest Service recreation facility, managed by the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, and operated under a special use permit. The campground was originally built in 1924, with restroom facilities in 1969.

According to a Forest Service press release, proposed improvements include installation of BMPs, campground reconfiguration, relocation of the kiosk area and the Recreational Vehicle dump station and construction of accessible restrooms.

Furthermore, a new administrative building would be constructed that would include a visitor information center to serve the West and North shores; and a new fire station would be built that would replace the Meeks Bay Fire Station. According to the Forest Service, the existing Meeks Bay Fire Station would be removed and the area rehabilitated.

The William Kent beach/day-use site would be re-contoured, the current slope stabilized, BMPs installed and the storm water pipe on the beach shortened, providing increased filtration and reducing sediment from entering Lake Tahoe. A path would be constructed to access the beach from the picnic area.

Work on the campground retrofit could begin as early as May 2014 and would take approximately six months to complete.

Deadline for comments is Friday, May 25. For information, contact Ashley Sommer at 530-543-2615 or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/WilliamKentRetrofit.