State parks to reconsider controversial golf course approvals |

State parks to reconsider controversial golf course approvals

Adam Jensen

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The California State Park and Recreation Commission is scheduled to reconsider several October approvals related to a controversial restoration project along the Upper Truckee River.

The board will reconsider its approval of the Upper Truckee River Restoration & Golf Course Reconfiguration Project’s environmental document and a change in classification to Washoe Meadows State Park, according to a notice issued Tuesday.

The approvals were the next step for the proposed alternative of the project, which includes up to nine holes of Lake Tahoe Golf Course being moved into the newly reclassified Washoe Meadows State Recreation Area.

The commission is scheduled to discuss the approvals during a Jan. 26-27 meeting in Brentwood, Calif. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency’s Governing Board is also expected to review the project at a future meeting.

Last month, opponents of the project filed suit against the Commission and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, contending the restoration project will be detrimental to wildlife habitat and sets a dangerous precedent for development in state parks.

Proponents have said the project will benefit both the economy and the environment, including Lake Tahoe’s declining clarity.

Further details of the reconsideration and what it means for the proposed project were not immediately available early Tuesday afternoon.

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