Town discusses drainage, forests |

Town discusses drainage, forests

By executing a $97,790 Trout Creek culvert design contract, the Town of Truckee hopes to avert future downtown flooding and enhance the quality of Trout Creek with a simple culvert replacement.

As part of the ongoing Trout Creek Restoration project, the new and larger culvert will resolve the creek’s inadequate Donner Pass Road underpassage that has been historically prone to flooding.

Roadless rule

The Truckee Town Council declined to support a nationwide conservation rule that would ban roadbuilding and logging in designated sections of national forest.

Issued in January 2001, the rule is under permanent injunction from a July 2003 ruling by the U.S. District court.

Advocates of the rule say that it will preserve 58.5 million acres of national forest in a pristine state, while opponents say the rule is a federal one-size-fits-all regulation that overrides local planning decisions.

The council has a policy of not taking positions on issues that are much larger than the jurisdiction of the Town of Truckee.

Councilman Craig Threshie, who brought the item before the council, said that he wanted to provoke community discussion of the rule.

“It is an issue that is important to us,” Threshie said. “We are a community that relies in the quality of our forest habitat.”

Both Threshie and Councilwoman Beth Ingalls said they would personally support the issue, even though the council declined to back the rule at the meeting.

Mayor Josh Susman said if the rule directly affects local forest areas, the council may consider taking an active role in specific decisions on particular lands.

California Association of Business, Property and Resource Owners, and High Sierra Motorcycle Club representatives urged the council not to support the rule.

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