Trout creek to receive funding |

Trout creek to receive funding

Michael Schneider

Trout Creek will likely receive federal funding to reverse years of damage from various human abuses.

The South Lake Tahoe City Council will consider acceptance of a $20,000 Bureau of Reclamation grant to gather 40,000 square feet of mulch and seeds from the effected Trout Creek area. The mulch would be used to provide a consistent, healthy seed mix for the project area.

The effected area has fallen victim to logging, livestock grazing, road and residential development, channel incisions for irrigation and other man-made structures, according to Brad Edwards of the Bureau’s Carson City office.

“The alterations to the Trout Creek watershed have also caused degradation to the area’s water quality and soil stability,” Edwards said. He added that various elements, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, not only have a negative impact on the health of Trout Creek, but also enter Lake Tahoe through the stream.

According to Steve Kooyman, associate civil engineer for the city, the project involves gathering and analyzing seed from the project site, providing a design report and obtaining a mulch mixture for the restoration project. Kooyman anticipates the work will be completed by the end of this month.

The council will also likely approve a contract with a plant company to do the work.

Western Botanical Services, Inc., of Reno, is the city staff’s recommendation.

The data, seed and mulch gathered will then be used in the Trout Creek Stream Restoration and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Project. The project is scheduled to begin next July and finish by the end of the 1999 construction season.

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