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Forest Service wants public comments on Truckee River Restoration



SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) is accepting comments on a proposal to restore up to nine sections of the Truckee River near Tahoe City. The Forest Service, the Truckee River Watershed Council (TRWC) and Placer County are working together to address and repair erosion and degraded water quality caused by users accessing the river and the adjacent paved trail from roadside pull-outs on Highway 89.

Under the proposal, the council would restore about 900 feet of stream bank and wet meadow by reshaping the river banks. The project would redirect access to the paved trail and the river. Restoration work would provide a more diverse habitat for waterfowl, fish and amphibians, as well as vegetation such as mountain alder, willow and cottonwood.

The project area is on National Forest lands on three sites along the Truckee River from approximately 1.3 miles below the Lake Tahoe Dam to just upstream of Alpine Meadows Road. The project updates and compliments restoration work previously completed by the Forest Service.

Implementation could begin as early as 2015.

Comments are most helpful if received by December 23, 2014. For more information on the proposal and how to comment, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/FirstFourMile.

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