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Friends of Squaw Creek to discuss restoration

David Bunker
Sierra Sun

Watershed consultants who have studied Squaw Creek for the last year and a half will present the public with restoration options, including rerouting the stream to its natural course.

The Friends of Squaw Creek meeting to discuss the plan takes place today at 2 p.m. at the Squaw Valley fire station.

The study, funded by $80,000 from Placer County, represents great momentum towards restoring the troubled watershed, said Ed Heneveld, chairman of Friends of Squaw Creek.

“It’ll be a few years before we turn a rock or move some soil, but this is a big first step,” Heneveld said.

Heneveld added that restoring the creek to its original channel, at least on the eastern end of the meadow, is a possibility that the public and decision makers will have to weigh in on.

Other options include stabilizing banks and restoring the floodplain without rerouting the creek.

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The stream is now overly straight and the channel is too deep, partly because of 150 years of development around the watershed, according to the report.

Heneveld said both the homeowners and the landowner of the Resort at Squaw Creek are backing plans to reroute the creek.

View the report on Squaw Creek at http://download.yousendit.com/39002CDD39D6ED50