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Project Purpose

The purpose of the proposed Project is to restore natural geomorphic and ecological processes to this section of the river and reduce sediment from flowing into Lake Tahoe. The Project will enhance trail connectivity and recreational access to offer a broad array of activities including fishing, hiking, biking, and golf recreation (18 hole regulation) while bringing substantial economic benefits to the local community to increase economic vitality.

Project Goals:

  • Reduce erosion and fine sediment into the Upper Truckee River and Lake Tahoe
  • Restore natural river channel to proper geomorphic function and reconnect to floodplain
  • Remove golf from rivers edge and restore habitat corridor with buffer zone
  • Improve aquatic and wildlife habitat
  • Improve and expand riparian and meadow vegetation
  • Modernize golf course infrastructure for sustainability with environmentally sensitive design
  • Provide wide array of recreation access for the general public to our State Park including:
    • increase public access to river and trails
    • provide connectivity to Washoe Meadows State Park for hiking, biking and other non-vehicular recreation
    • maintain the golf course recreation at the current 18-hole championship level
    • increase economic sustainability to the community and California State Parks (revenues help to keep Bliss State and Emerald Bay Parks open)

“The proposed project restores over a mile-long reach of the river and it's floodplain, moving golf course holes away to make room for a meandering river and adjacent riparian habitat.”

Cyndie WalckEngineering Geologist (specialty Fluvial Geomorphology)