Old Truckee landfill to receive makeover
An old Truckee dump site is nearly cleared, making way for town, Forest Service, and fire district uses on the shared site.
The 75-acres bordered by Interstate 80, Donner Pass Road, Highway 267 and Glenshire Drive will be shared by the three government entities, with plans ranging from a new ranger district to two fire stations, and a new home for the town’s heavy equipment.
Last summer, the U.S. Forest Service sold about 20 acres to the town, which in turn intends to sell three of the acres to the Truckee Fire Protection District.
Before any of the three agencies could begin working on the site, however, the Forest Service had to deal with the lead-contaminated soil from an old landfill, said Joanne Roubique, Truckee district ranger.
“It was the old town dump from the late 1800s to plus or minus 1930,” Roubique said. “We tested for everything, and found lead from old cans in the top six inches of soil.”
The good news, Roubique said, was that the lead hadn’t migrated from the site, so cleanup crews were able to remove the contaminated soil and bury it in an old quarry between the interstate and Glenshire Drive.
On the other hand, the Forest Service received some bad news. In excavating the contaminated soil, crews had to remove more trees than they had planned to, she said. But new trees are already being grown off-site to replace them as construction continues, Roubique said.
Along with the necessary infrastructure, roads and parking, contractors have completed the roof of the site’s new Forest Service fire station, so interior work can continue through the winter and spring. That means the new facility may open by the end of the summer, Roubique said.
Further down the line, a new ranger station slated for 2010, a possible visitor center, and employee housing remain on the drawing board as funding becomes available, Roubique said.
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