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$800,000 is proposed for Upper Truckee restoration

Gregory Crofton

An additional $800,000 is on track to fund planning work for the restoration of the section of the Upper Truckee River that flows along the Lake Tahoe Airport.

Years of human impacts on the river, such as cattle grazing and construction of the airport, straightened the river’s twists and turns and reduced its ability to catch sediments and nutrients before they end up in Lake Tahoe and cause its clarity to fade.

The grant would be the second largest grant provided for the river project by the California Tahoe Conservancy, a state agency created in 1984 to help protect water quality. The Conservancy provided $600,000 for initial planning work on the project in September 2003.

The Board of the Conservancy will meet Friday at 10 a.m. in the South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers to vote on whether to approve the funds. Specifically, the money would be spent to create a list of options about how 6,000 feet of river could be restored. The list will be presented to the public when it is completed.

Also at the meeting Friday, the board will be asked to approve nearly $500,000 for the purchase of six pieces of land determined to be environmentally sensitive. One of the parcels is in El Dorado County. The other five pieces of property are in Placer County.

The Conservancy uses money generated by public bond acts and the Lake Tahoe license plate fund to acquire sensitive land and fund water quality restoration and recreation projects on the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

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