Current Condition of the River
Eroding bed and banks, disconnected from its floodplain and lacks habitat.
The proposed Project is located in Lake Valley State Recreation Area (including the Lake Tahoe Golf Course) and the south-eastern portion of Washoe Meadows State Park, along the Upper Truckee River.
RIVER and ENVIRONMENT:
GOLF and ECONOMY:
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 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. The proposed Project (Alternative 2B) will ensure that South Lake Tahoe keeps an 18-hole championship golf course with water conservation efficiencies via an updated irrigation, a reduction in turf of 15% the relocation of five golf course holes away from the rivers’ edge and out of the floodplain to less sensitive land west of the river. Areas where golf is removed from the floodplain would be restored to meadow habitat, five under-sized bridges would be removed, and recreation access would increase to the Upper Truckee River and to Washoe Meadows State Park, which would be expanded by two acres. Currently access is limited and accessible only to a nearby neighborhood but the proposed ALT 2B Project would open access for more people to enjoy.
This proposed 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.
Please see the map showing the proposed Project ALT 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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On average, 16 dump trucks of sediment enter Lake Tahoe from the Project reach per year (Source: Swanson Report). With the 7-year Project delay (on hold due to legalities), this equates to 112 more dump trucks with loads of sediment going into Lake Tahoe (7 years x 16)!