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Technology to aid in local watershed plan

Staff reportsThe California Tahoe Conservancy will unveil its restoration plans for the Ward Creek Watershed with a computer-generated tour of the 2,510-acre canyon at a July 2 public meeting.Ward is a six-mile-long creek that starts high in the Sierra just south of the Alpine Meadows Ski Area and flows into Lake Tahoe’s west shore. The creek’s watershed has been historically been logged and grazed and contributes sediment into the lake, particularly in high runoff years.”This computer imaging tool allows us to project an aerial image of the watershed on a screen,” said Matt Kiesse of River Run Consulting in Truckee and part of the planning team. “You can literally zoom through the watershed – like being in an airplane.”The computer tool is based on a geographic information system computer program that translates aerial photos into three dimensional images in order for planners to assess problems in watersheds.In addition to the computer presentation, conservancy staff and planners will provide an overview of the project, present a progress report, give a timetable and explain how Ward Creek neighbors and the public can participate in the planning process.The first phase of the project, which includes a detailed assessment of the environmental state of the watershed, started last July with aerial photographs and on-the-ground surveys.The conservancy, the U S Forest Service and California Department of Parks and Recreation are jointly managing the watershed assessment, which is being conducted by a team of consultants with experience working in the Lake Tahoe Basin.For those who can’t attend the meeting, information is available on the project’s Web site at http://www.wardcreek.net. Residents and those interested can receive more information and sign up for an e-mail distribution list for the project by sending an e-mail to wardcrk@wardcreek.net.The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 2 in the Tahoe City Public Utility District Board Room, 221 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City.


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