Public input sought on removal of Incline Lake dam

Published: Sunday, Jun. 16, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 4B

The U.S. Forest Service's Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is seeking public input on a proposal to remove the Incline Lake dam near Incline Village, Nev., and restore the area affected by it.

Public comment on the proposal is being sought through July 19.

An open house to discuss the proposal is from 5 to 7 p.m. July 8 at the Incline Village General Improvement District's board room, 893 Southwood Blvd.

The Forest Service purchased the 777-acre parcel, which is off Highway 431 – the Mount Rose Highway – near Lake Tahoe's northeast shore, in 2008 for its recreational, scenic and natural-resource values.

During the acquisition process, it was determined that the dam and spillway do not meet federal, state or local standards for a high-hazard dam, which it has been designated because of downstream development.

Consequently, the lake has been drained and has not been allowed to refill.

The Forest Service is proposing to remove the major dam and spillway and to convert the minor dam to a low-water crossing. The site would be stabilized and recontoured to match adjacent contours and grades.

The project's goal is to restore the groundwater-dependent ecosystem on 30 acres disturbed by the dam, which over 15 to 20 years would become a system of ponds, fens and marshes.

The project, if approved, would be implemented in summer 2015. Funding would come from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.

Management planning for the remainder of the parcel would take place once a decision is made on the future of the dam.

Written comments may be mailed to Matt Dickinson, Incline Lake Dam Project, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., 96150.

For more information on the project go to www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/InclineDam or call Dickinson at (530) 543-2769, or Anjanette Hoefer at (530) 543-2822.

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