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IVGID OKs $1 million deal to finish Tahoe creek projects

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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Incline Village General Improvement District Board of Trustees on Friday unanimously approved a $267,250 funding agreement with the Nevada Department of State Lands to finish the Third Creek and Incline Creeks Restoration Project.

The board's vote provides a 25 percent local match to $801,750 in federal funding from the US Army Corps of Engineers, granting the $1.069 million needed for the project's final phase.

"I'd like to thank the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and (State Lands) for securing additional funding to complete the final phase of this project, and for their confidence in IVGID's ability to deliver this phase of the project on time and within budget," IVGID Board Chairman Jim Smith said in a statement.

The final phase will include design and construction work to restore the stream environment zone and improve fish passage in Incline Creek at Highway 28, according to the district.

Pre-work already has begun, and IVGID anticipates starting construction by September 2015.

The funding agreements indicate that all expenditures made by IVGID will be reimbursed by the Corps and State Lands.

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"This funding further improves the open space on district land enjoyed by our residents and ensures the long-term environmental health of the stream environment zones and the watershed which feeds into Lake Tahoe," IVGID Board Vice-Chairman Tim Callicrate said in a statement.

In 2008, the IVGID Board authorized entering into funding agreements totaling $2.8 million with the Army Corps to provide 75 percent funding, and the state of Nevada, via State Lands, to provide the 25 percent local funding match. In 2010, agreements between IVGID and the state and federal groups were amended to increase the project's budget to $8 million.

From 2008 to 2012, four phases of restoration work were completed on the creeks (which filter into Lake Tahoe) to enhance fish passage and habitat, while addressing stream bank erosion, channel stability and overall water quality.

"The final phase will also address the final fish barrier to upper watershed migration and will open access to high value habitat in the upper Incline Creek watershed," according to an IVGID press release.

To date, a total of 6,500 linear feet of stream environment zone have been restored.