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On Monday, the Upper Truckee River Watershed Stewardship Group will lead a tour of the Upper Truckee Marsh in conjunction with the California Tahoe Conservancy. The stewardship group is a new project of the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

Conservancy staff is evaluating several proposals to restore the flow of the river, protect surrounding wetlands and manage recreational access in the marsh.

The tour will allow community members to learn more about project proposals, share ideas and explore solutions.

Upper Truckee River water delivers more clarity-decreasing sediment to Lake Tahoe than any other tributary, making its restoration a top priority for many Tahoe agencies, officials contend. The Upper Truckee Marsh, which contains the largest wetland area in the Tahoe Basin, serves as the river’s final filtration system before it empties into Lake Tahoe.

Questions about the tour or the watershed group may be addressed to John Friedrich at cleanwateractor@yahoo.com.

Monday’s tour of the Upper Truckee Marsh will begin at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Bellevue Street and El Dorado Avenue in South Lake Tahoe.

BMPs and BBQ

Several Lake Tahoe fire departments, conservation agencies, and a new watershed stewardship organization are teaming up with residents of a North Upper Truckee neighborhood to host a community defensible space and best management practices (BMP) demonstration day this weekend.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature tours of three homes to discuss integration of defensible space, erosion control measures and forest health.

Tours will be led by staff from the Lake Valley Fire Protection District, Tahoe Fire Safe Council, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, California Tahoe Conservancy and the U.S. Forest Service.

Following the tours, there will be a “thank you” barbecue for Tahoe firefighters to honor their work combating the Angora fire.

Saturday’s event will start at 10 a.m. with a guided walking tour of homes. The barbecue lunch will be at 12:15 p.m.

Reservations can be made by calling the Tahoe Resource Conservation District at (530) 543-1501, ext. 114 or by e-mail at eben.swain@ca.nacdnet.net.


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