Truckee River watershed: Setting restoration priorities for the future of the region
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Each summer, both volunteers and experts can be found lining the banks of regional streams, dotted through wetland meadows, working on the Truckee River.
Those people have a lot of work to do and#8212; the Truckee River and other area water bodies are listed as and#8220;impaired by sedimentand#8221; by the Environmental Protection Agency. They also have lot of ground to cover and#8212; the watershed stretches more than 435 square miles in California, including 26 major sub-basins, streams and lakes.
And they get to do it all with limited resources in a down economy.
The Truckee River Watershed Council sat down with stakeholders, including the U.S. Forest Service, Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers, Trout Unlimited, Truckee Donner Land Trust and other area experts, last week to prioritize which projects get brought to the top of the heap for funding.
and#8220;This is a chance to give our vote, our voice to what projects are important to us, our agencies and our communities,and#8221; said Sara Taddo Jones, chair of the projects and assessment committee.
and#8220;I’d like to see the watershed council as an organization get involved in the plan to raise Stampede Dam,and#8221; Taddo Jones said.
Jessica Thompson, assistant engineer with the town, suggested clean-up work along the Truckee River Legacy Trail be made part of the annual Truckee River Day in the fall. She also suggested markers be erected, dissuading people from dumping in storm drains.
David Lass of Trout Unlimited wanted to see the reintroduction of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout into Sagehen Creek.
Jacqui Zink, park ranger for Martis Creek Lake, said she’d like to see an assessment of the entire Martis Valley and#8212; not restricted to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the Waddle Ranch property.
Some priorities that floated to the top after the group’s discussion and vote include: continued work restoration in Cold Stream Canyon on the east end of Donner Lake; restoration work in Sardine Valley north of Stampede Reservoir; supporting the reintroduction of Lahontan Cutthroat Trout in Sagehen Creek; working on the Little Truckee River between Boca and Stampede reservoirs; and coordinating an assessment of the entire Martis Valley.