Work begins to clean up Zephyr Cove Resort’s oily soil |

Work begins to clean up Zephyr Cove Resort’s oily soil

Staff Reports

Work to remove soil tainted by a 2011 underground fuel leak at Zephyr Cove Resort began on Monday.

The resort will remain open during the work, which will be visible from Highway 50 and to resort visitors, officials said on Thursday.

More than a dozen trees were removed on a half-acre of the affected area, which will be fenced off on the south side of the parking lot and approximately 2,500 tons of contaminated soil removed, according to a statement issued by the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. Clean soil will be brought in to fill the excavation and trees of the same species removed will be planted.

“Efforts will be made to minimize disturbance to visitors, but there may be some disruption to parking and the south beach volleyball courts,” spokeswoman Lisa Herron said in a statement. “Watercraft rentals and sightseeing boats will continue to operate during the excavation.”

The Forest Service will likely be working with permit-holder Aramark Parks and Destinations through late October.

The Forest Service and Aramark coordinated closely with the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and a decision was made to proceed with the excavation in order to take advantage of the low groundwater table at this time of year, Herron said. An inclement weather plan is in place to guide the installation of water quality best management practices in the event that work must stop due to rain or snow.