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Incline Lake overhaul up for public comment

Staff report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Federal officials are seeking public input on a proposal to remove the Incline Lake dam and restore the area impacted by it.

The Forest Service purchased the 777-acre Incline Lake parcel, located off Highway 431 north of Incline Village, in 2008 for its recreational, scenic and natural resource values.

USFS officials eventually determined that the lake's dam and spillway do not meet federal, state or local standards for a high-hazard dam. The lake was subsequently drained and has not been allowed to refill.

The Forest Service is proposing to remove the major dam and spillway and adjust the area to match adjacent contours and grades, while converting the minor dam to a low-water crossing, according to a news release.

The goal is to restore the groundwater-dependent ecosystem within the project area, which over 15-20 years would become a system of small- to medium-sized ponds, fens and marsh.

As a result of initial public scoping, USFS also analyzed an alternative to reconstruct the dam in its current location and configuration.

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"These actions are needed because the current dams and spillway do not meet current public safety and water quality protection standards, and long term planning for the remainder of the property cannot begin until the fate of the dams is determined," officials said in the news release.

The Forest Service would implement the project in summer of 2015. Funding comes from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.

Comments on the proposal must be received by June 6.

To review the documents and find out how to submit comments, visit fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/InclineDam.