Public gets involved in Upper Truckee Restoration Project
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — California State Parks thanks the public after several well-attended scoping meetings for the Upper Truckee River Restoration and Golf Course Redesign Project.
In January, February and March, the public was invited to attend several scoping meetings hosted by both parks and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The purpose of these meetings was to gather information on the breadth and depth of analysis to be conducted for the California Environmental Quality Act/TRPA Environmental Impact Statement for the Project.
“We had great community engagement and the feedback received is important to inform the environmental impact analysis,” Matt Trask of ECORP Consulting said in a press release.
Parks anticipates being able to share the results of the scoping meeting in early fall in conjunction with the release of the draft EIR/EIS.
The project will improve habitat along the Upper Truckee River and reduce erosion and therefore sediment from the discharge into Lake Tahoe. This is a priority environmental improvement project for the TRPA. It is also part of a coordinated multi-agency effort to restore adjacent reaches of the Upper Truckee River to improve the overall clarity of Lake Tahoe.
The golf course will be completely reconfigured in the Lake Valley State Recreation Area to allow more room for river and floodplain restoration. For sustainability and to reduce water consumption, the dilapidated golf course infrastructure will be improved, along with recreation access and connectivity within Washoe Meadows State Park.
“Restoration of this stretch of the Upper Truckee River is critical to improving riparian habitat and water quality,” said Parks Engineering Geomorphologist Cyndie Walck.
For more information on the project, visit https://restoreuppertruckee.net/.