River Ecosystem Restoration with Reconfigured 18-Hole Golf Course
Proposed Preferred Alternative: River Ecosystem Restoration with Reconfigured 18-hole Regulation Golf Course This alternative would include removing part of the existing golf course and re-configuring it onto higher capability land to the west of the Upper Truckee River . The river would be restored to a geomorphically functional configuration reconnected to the floodplain and the golf course would be removed from most of the river meander belt and adjacent floodplain and restored to meadow.
A new trail structure would be implemented to direct the public recreational activities safely around the new golf course configuration and to the bridge. Through the restored meadow reach, a trail would be installed that would tie into the Sawmill Trail and also connect to the south by Country Club Drive
All of the current bridges through the golf course would be removed, and one new bridge would be constructed that would allow for golfing traffic and also dispersed recreational traffic.
In Proposed Preferred Alternative:
- River channel would be restored to a more natural balanced condition that improves geomorphic function and habitat
- Approximately eight to nine of the golf course holes would be relocated to the west side of the river into less sensitive lands more distant from the river
- The remaining golf course holes on the east side of the river would be reconfigured and the irrigation, drainage and buffer areas upgraded
- The riparian/floodplain area where the golf course holes would be removed from the river corridor would be restored
- The five golf course bridges that cross the river would be removed and replaced with a single bridge crossing that spans the floodplain, downstream of the hole 7 bridge)
- New bridge would be designed to accommodate public use and tie existing trails on west side of the river to new trails on the east side of the river. The new trails on the east side would connect with the new bike path along 50 and the Country Club street corner
- Boundaries of the Washoe Meadows State Park and Lake Valley State Recreation Area would be realigned, essentially trading between the two units