A meeting to gather public input on a stream restoration project at the site of the former U.S. Forest Service Guard Station along Markleeville Creek is 5 p.m. Thursday in the Alpine County Board of Supervisors meeting room in Markleeville.
The Alpine Watershed Group has been working with Alpine County since 2005 on the project.
This project site has been subjected to significant and repeated flooding over the years. The flood wall which was constructed in the 1930s to prevent flooding has only resulted in accelerated water flows causing erosion, stream incision and stream bank failures downstream.
The project proposes to reestablish the natural state of the stream and prevent further property damage as a result of flooding. This project will improve streamside habitat by removing the floodwall and revegetating the area. This restoration effort will provide various community benefits including utility improvements and public access for recreation such as walking paths, interpretive signage, picnicking and possibly parking. Partners involved in this project include Alpine County, Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, Carson Water Subconservancy District, Markleeville Public Utility District and the Washoe Tribe.
The project is currently in the design phase of the planning process. Funding for this project has been provided by the California Department of Conservation, the Carson Water Subconservancy District and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy. The watershed group and the county have also collaborated on a grant application which would allow the county to acquire the land for restoration purposes. The county will be notified by the end of September regarding this potential funding source.
For more information contact Coordinator Sarah Green at 694-2327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.