Proposed Project Description
The Upper Truckee River Restoration and Golf Course Reconfiguration Project will restore the natural geomorphic and ecological processes to this section of the river. The proposed Project (Alternative 2B) will relocate five golf course holes away from the rivers’ edge and out of the floodplain to less sensitive land west of the river, and remove five under-sized bridges. The river will be restored to a meandering pattern, reducing erosion and sediment to Lake Tahoe and restoring connectivity to its floodplain, improving riparian vegetation and wildlife corridors. Areas where golf is removed from the floodplain would be restored to meadow habitat. The proposed Project will increase recreation access to the Upper Truckee River and to Washoe Meadows State Park, as well as improving regional trail connectivity. Importantly, it will ensure that South Lake Tahoe keeps an 18-hole championship golf course. The course will be re-vamped, with five new holes constructed on rolling terrain with updated irrigation.
This Project is part of a broader collaborative effort to restore multiple reaches of the Upper Truckee River and improve Lake Tahoe water clarity. It will improve recreational opportunities, trail connectivity, community economic vitality and the environment.
Over the past century, the Upper Truckee River has been impacted by logging, gravel mining, grazing channel straightening, and the subsequent development of the golf course directly on the floodplain. These disturbances have led to erosion, increases of sediment and nutrient loads to Lake Tahoe, and decreased riparian habitat. Due to these types of disturbances, Lake Tahoe has lost 30 feet of clarity since the 1960’s. For more information, visit History & Background.
For proposed Project, see the map showing the preferred Alternative 2B, which would reconfigure the golf course to allow for river restoration, enhanced recreation access and economic vitality. Five holes would be relocated to keep the 18-hole golf course. Compare this map with Alternative 1, on the right-side, which shows existing conditions or no action.
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