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Johnson Meadow Restoration and Land Management Plan

The Upper Truckee River has been modified by humans since the mid-1800s by cattle grazing, logging, channel manipulation, and urban development. Johnson Meadow was used for cattle grazing with active channel manipulation for irrigation between approximately 1860 and 1990. These modifications have impaired the natural hydrologic function of the river and Johnson Meadow, reduced floodplain connectivity, and modified channel morphology, which has impaired terrestrial and aquatic habitat and water quality. The Upper Truckee River contributes more fine sediment into Lake Tahoe than any other tributary. Restoration of the river and Johnson Meadow would support the clarity of Lake Tahoe, improve aquatic and terrestrial habitat, increase climate resilience, and provide numerous ecosystem benefits. Ascent conducted biological, cultural, and wetland field surveys to support the development of a feasibility report and conceptual alternatives.

Project Contact

Adam Lewandowski, AICP
Tahoe Resource Conservation District
Resource Management
South Lake Tahoe, California
Stillwater Sciences
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