Truckee Begins Restoring Tributary To Lake Tahoe

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - Truckee city officials have broken ground on an $8 million, three-year restoration of part of the Upper Truckee river, in hopes of undoing some historic damage to the river.

Project officials plan to replace the channel that currently exists with a 4,000-foot winding channel. The river is the largest tributary to Lake Tahoe and a major source of clarity-reducing fine sediment.

Scott Carroll of the California Tahoe Conservancy says the project is about developing a full "ecosystem restoration" rather than just improving the quality of the water in the lake.

The conservancy, which is giving most of the funding for the project, says the project will create a better aquatic habitat for wildlife.

Information from: Tahoe Daily Tribune,

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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