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Ceremony kicks off wetlands restoration

The California Tahoe Conservancy’s Upper Truckee River and Wetland Restoration Project is scheduled to kick off at the end of this month.

The Conservancy plans to restore 11 acres of the Truckee Marsh out of the 23-acre Lower West Side, between Tahoe Keys Marina and the mouth of the Upper Truckee River to a more naturally functioning wetland habitat.

The fill removal portion of the project must be completed by Oct. 15. Vegetation will be planted over the course of two years, according to Victor Insera, wildlife/stream restoration program assistant at the Conservancy. The existing trail along the river will remain in place for public use during construction. Another trail will be constructed just west of the restored wetland for future access to the beach.

Conservancy officials expect the project to improve the natural aesthetics of the Lower West Side wetlands.

“The restored Lower West Side wetlands will look like the wetlands to the east, with a mosaic of different textures and shades of green from rushes, reeds, sedges and willows,” Volume 2 of the Upper Truckee Update reads. “A low knoll built near the marina and sailing lagoon will provide an overview of the whole Truckee Marsh that is not currently available.”

Anyone interested in learning more about the construction schedule, haul routes, traffic control, safety measures and contact persons involved with the Upper Truckee River and Wetland Restoration Project is encouraged to attend an informational open house Saturday, May 19, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the project site near the end of Venice Drive, adjacent to the Tahoe Keys Marina.

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