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Makeover In Store For Lake Tahoe Marsh



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(South Lake Tahoe, CA)
Monday, March 25, 2013
Wind whips on an open snow-covered field in South Lake. Decades ago the upper Truckee River Marsh was dredged and houses built on half of it. Scott Caroll is with the California Tahoe Conservancy.
 
"What really happened is the remaining area then became degraded, because the river is now oversized and channelized it has dried the meadow out dramatically."   
 
Restoring it means stopping the upper Truckee river from pouring directly into the lake. 
 
"We want to see that sediment-laiden water kind of spread out among the marsh, among the wetland so that the sediment doesn't reach the lake, but the sediment spreads and makes the area real lush."
 
All of the proposals involve bulldozers in the marsh, filling in channels, digging new ones and years of revegetation. Caroll says all the changes would benefits the lake and wildlife.
 
"We want to make sure that they all have an area to kind of grow and be happy."
 
PUBLIC HEARINGS:
 

Wednesday, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, 128 Market Street, Stateline, Nevada. The meeting starts at 9:30, but details of the Upper Truckee River and Marsh Restoration Project will not be heard until after 12:30.

 
On Thursday, the California Tahoe Conservancy will hold public workshops on the project at the Lake Tahoe Community College at 1 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, 6-8:30 PM. The public can interact with staff members, learn about the project, alternatives, where they are in the process and what is next. 
 
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