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$3 million water-runoff system slated

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

Gardner Mountain to get improvements

By Gregory Crofton

Tribune staff writer

One of the older neighborhoods at South Lake Tahoe will be fitted with a new drainage system this summer to prevent erosion and flooding.

Residents of the Gardner Mountain area, between Gardner Street and Patricia Lane, will see curb/gutters, new storm water drains and about six small stormwater retention basins installed sometime after June 1.

“Right now there’s no sediment control, no water quality treatment,” said Stephen Peck, principal engineer for South Lake Tahoe. “It’s an old subdivision that was kind of slapped in there.”

Construction and land acquisition for the more than $3 million project is being funded by the California Tahoe Conservancy as part of the Environmental Improvement Program, an initiative to protect the clarity of Lake Tahoe.

The project will drain an 80-acre area. Its north and south boundaries will stop at Patricia Lane and Gardner Street, respectively. The west side of the project will run along 12th Street. East side of the project borders 8th Street.

South Lake Tahoe also has landscaping and a bike trail slated to go in later this summer at the intersection area at Pioneer Trail and Highway 50 near the Village Center.

The improvements, to cost $220,000, call for landscaping of two stormwater basins and a bike trail to run between the basins to Fern Road. It will connect via the crosswalk to Linear Park, which will be extended east through the vacant lot next to the Holiday Inn Express.

The stormwater retention basins next to the intersection are part of the Rocky Point erosion control project, a $2.6 million EIP project also funded by the California Tahoe Conservancy.

– Gregory Crofton can be reached at (530) 542-8045 or by e-mail at gcrofton@tahoedailytribune.com

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