TAHOE CITY, Calif. - The Tahoe City Public Utility District was recently awarded $344,263 from the California Natural Resource Agency for the Truckee River Restoration and Access Project, an official said last week.
The project was one of 33 projects statewide selected by the California Natural Resource Agency for a total of $34 million in funding through its California River Parkways Grant Program, which awards funds to public agencies and nonprofits to develop river parkways.
"Our river parkway grants help communities connect children with nature, promote public health by providing families with greater outdoor recreational opportunities, and protect the rivers that provide us with clean water," said John Laird, secretary for the California Natural Resource Agency, in a press release. "The river parkways program is a great example of local agencies working together with the state to create increasingly sustainable communities in California."
The Truckee River Restoration and Access Project aims to provide safer, environmentally friendly access to the Truckee River in three designated locations along Highway 89; habitat restoration in the areas impacted by current informal access; and the construction of "staging areas" for safe entrance and exit for river users, according to the press release.
The project is a partnership among Placer County, Truckee River Watershed Council, TCPUD, Caltrans and the U.S. Forest Service.