Tahoe's largest watershed to be restored after new ownership

Johnson Meadow to be restored. (Courtesy: Tahoe Resource Conservation District)

Johnson Meadow, Truckee River's largest privately-owned section, is now publicly owned by the Tahoe Resource Conservation District.

The recent $8.315 million purchase of the 206-acre property now allows for a collaborative effort to restore the river, its wildlife habitat, and its public access.

The restoration plan will focus on projects by the Tahoe Conservancy, the US Forest Service, the City of South Lake Tahoe, and California State Parks. This effort is aimed at reducing stream erosion of fine sediment, which impacts the lake's clarity by 50 percent.

In the next couple of years, Tahoe RCD and their partners plan to fundraise $10 to $15 million for Johnson Meadow's restoration and an additional $60 million to restore the Upper Truckee River watershed.

A temporary bridge is being considered; meanwhile, the restoration takes place to reconnect the Sierra Tract and 4th Street neighborhoods.

For more information on RCD's restoration projects you can click here.

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