Friday June 10, 2022

Tahoe Daily Tribune

The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking input on the environmental review of the Meeks Bay Restoration Project.

The LTBMU, in conjunction with Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, is developing a plan to restore Meeks Creek to a more natural condition, while continuing to support sustainable recreation opportunities.

In 1960, a marina with approximately 120 boat slips and a boat launch facility was dredged at the mouth of Meeks Creek, on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The marina eliminated a unique wetland habitat for numerous bird, mammal, and amphibian species. The deteriorating condition of the existing marina infrastructure, along with concerns over water quality, aquatic invasive species, and degraded habitat for native species prompted the need for action in Meeks Bay.

“The release of the environmental review marks a key milestone in the ultimate restoration of beautiful Meeks Bay,” said LTBMU Forest Supervisor Erick Walker.

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