Alpine and El Dorado Counties host open houses to discuss wild and scenic river designations |

Alpine and El Dorado Counties host open houses to discuss wild and scenic river designations

Staff Reports

Trout Unlimited and California Trout are having two open houses in Markleeville and South Lake Tahoe to discuss a locally-based proposal for Wild and Scenic River Designation for the Upper Truckee River in Meiss Meadows.

The South Lake Tahoe open house is 4-7 p.m. Feb. 21at the El Dorado County Library,1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. South Lake Tahoe. The Markleeville open house is 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Alpine County Library, 270 Laramie Street, Markleeville.

Trout Unlimited and California Trout believe the Upper Truckee River running free through Meiss Meadows is worthy of Wild and Scenic River Designation under the Wild and Scenic River Act of 1968. The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Pacific Southwest Region of the United States Forest Service currently recommend Wild and Scenic designation for the Upper Truckee in a 1990 management plan and subsequent 1999 report.

The Upper Truckee River has a special mix of recreation, scenic, and historic values that are all considered Outstandingly Remarkable (OR). The largest watershed feeding Lake Tahoe, annually supplying between 20-30 percent of all flowing water, it has scenic landforms, attractive meadows, and easy access, attracting various backcountry users. In addition to these values, self-sustaining populations of Lahontan cutthroat trout and highly valued early summer deer fawning habitat provide for special natural values which are also identified as OR values. The combination of these values indicates that this stream can clearly be considered a candidate representing eastside Sierran streams and a worthy addition to the National System of Wild and Scenic Rivers.

Guests of the open houses will learn more about this campaign, ask questions and provide feedback. Trout Unlimited and California Trout’s goal is to make this process as inclusive and transparent as possible, and they want to incorporate all the needs and concerns that residents of El Dorado and Alpine Counties might have with such a designation.

For more information about this topic, contact David Lass by email at, or by phone at (530) 587-7110.