Erosion project to continue this summer |

Erosion project to continue this summer

Mike Pottage

Nearly $1.78 million is available this summer to continue a decade-long erosion control effort alongside Tahoe Basin roads, culverts and water channels.

The California Tahoe Conservancy and El Dorado County agreed on $1.39 million worth of work on eight projects and $387,000 worth of rights-of-way purchases.

So far, close to $20 million has been spent to control water runoff into Lake Tahoe. The goal is to preserve water clarity.

The methods used are not unique. Curbs and gutters are added in some situations. Sediment basins are constructed to temporarily hold the water. Water channels are lined with rock. Rocks also are used on cut slopes, as are vegetation and retaining walls.

Janel Gifford, a senior civil engineer with the El Dorado County Department of Transportation, said the Tahoe Conservancy administers the grant money that comes from California and Nevada, and this year from Proposition 204 passed by Golden State voters. The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency require the work and establish standards while the county engineers the projects.

Gifford said the projects often protect private property from storm runoff and the curbs and gutters extend the life of roadways and reduce overall maintenance.

This year work, design or rights-of-way acquisitions will be involved in eight areas: Hekpa, Sivertip, Cascade, Woodland/Tamarack/Lonely Gulch, Angora Creek (two) and Pioneer Trail.

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