Restore the Golf Course and the River
For more than a decade, this stretch of river near Meyers has been the center of focus for those who aim to improve the river and environment at Lake Tahoe. As the river continues to erode, the golf course maintenance crew is in a constant state of repairing and fixing ancient irrigation pipes, dealing with drainage problems, and trying to salvage areas of degraded turf.
The current condition of the river is eroding bed & banks, disconnected from its floodplain & lacks habitat. While the desired condition is connected to its floodplain with healthy riparian vegetation.
This Proposed Project is part of a broader, multi-agency collaborative effort, to restore several reaches of the Upper Truckee River and improve Lake Tahoe water clarity. It will significantly improve the environment, recreational opportunities, and local economy. The project will restore the river to a natural form, reconnect it to its floodplain, improve riparian habitat and corridor and protect water quality. Revitalization of the Lake Tahoe Golf Course will improve its sustainability, both environmentally and economically. This will help it to remain both an affordable, local choice and with 2/3 of play currently by visitors, a critical economic driver of the local and regional economy.
The Restore Upper Truckee River Project would reconfigure and revitalize the 60-year-old Lake Tahoe Golf Course and restore the 1.5-mile river segment that runs through California State Parks to improve the river habitat and water quality of Lake Tahoe. The Project’s primary goal is to restore the river, revitalize the affordable public golf course, improve recreational access, and continue the economic benefits to the local region.
In addition, recreation access and connectivity will be improved to open a ½-mile section of the previously closed river to the public for biking, hiking, fishing, and swimming. It would also deliver a new ADA accessible trail along the restored river and connect HWY 50 to a new recreation bridge to tie into trails on the west side of the river in Washoe Meadows State Park.
First Source: “Upper Truckee River Restoration & Golf Course Reconfiguration Project.” Restore the Upper Truckee River, 28 Nov. 2021, https://restoreuppertruckee.net/.
Second Source: “Restore Upper Truckee River Project Will Reconfigure Golf Course While Protecting Lake Tahoe.” South Tahoe Now, 7 Dec. 2021, https://southtahoenow.com/story/12/07/2021/restore-upper-truckee-river-project-will-reconfigure-golf-course-while-protecting-l.
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