Project would restore 4 miles of Truckee River near Tahoe City
TAHOE CITY, Calif. — The U.S. Forest Service is accepting comments on a proposal to restore four miles of the Truckee River near Tahoe City.
The Forest Service, Truckee River Watershed Council and Placer County are collaborating to address and repair erosion and degraded water quality caused by users accessing the river and the paved Truckee River Bike Trail from roadside pull-outs on Highway 89.
“The USFS and Watershed Council have known for many years this part of the Truckee River is being loved to death,” said Jeannette Halderman, project manager for TRWC. “The river is beautiful here, and very accessible, but it needs restoration from the decades of use.”
Under the proposal, TRWC would restore roughly 900 feet of stream bank and wet meadow through placement of woody material and boulders, according to USFS.
Work also would provide a more diverse habitat for waterfowl, fish and amphibians, officials said, as well as vegetation such as mountain alder, willow and cottonwood.
“The USFS, along with Tahoe City PUD and Placer County, have committed to restoring the stream banks, meadow and wetland areas — and keeping recreation access for anglers, rafters, hikers and cyclists,” said Lisa Wallace, executive director or the watershed council.
The project area is on portions of National Forest System lands along the Truckee River, from about 1.3 miles below the Lake Tahoe Dam to just upstream of Alpine Meadows Road.
The Forest Service currently is preparing National Environmental Policy Act documents, said Joey Keely, ecosystems staff officer for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of USFS.
Project cost is roughly $310,000, Keely said. The watershed council is providing $300,000 (some of that money comes from Placer County), while the Forest Service is providing $10,000 in staff time.
Project comments should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject “First Four Mile Restoration Project,” or mailed to Forest Supervisor’s Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.
Oral comments can be made by calling 530-543-2623, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
Comments will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., Dec. 23.
Implementation could start as early as 2015, according to USFS.