By Lisa Wallace, Executive Director

We are pleased to be able to say that implementation of the Middle Martis Wetland Restoration projects will take place from August 10, 2016 through October 2016.

And we want to let you know that trail access in some areas of Waddle Ranch may be disrupted for short periods. Construction crews may escort bikers and hikers through the restoration site.

The Truckee River Watershed Council is sponsoring the restoration of Middle Martis Creek in cooperation with several partners and funders. The Middle Martis Restoration project will restore 40 acres of meadow as well as several reaches of the creek.

When completed, the project will:
• Restore wetlands on the north side of Highway 267;
• Improve water quality by reducing excessive erosion;
• Preserve existing wetlands and riparian areas on the south side of Highway 267;
• Protect existing roads including Highway 267, Sawmill Flat Road, and the Waddle Ranch access road.

The Watershed Council is the lead in coordinating the project with our partners: Caltrans, Northstar California, Northstar Community Services District, Truckee Donner Land Trust, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Funding for this project comes from the donors of the Truckee River Watershed Council, American Rivers, CA Dept Fish and Wildlife, CA Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, Liberty Energy, The Martis Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Overall Family Foundation, and the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation.

For more information, contact Beth Christman at 530-550-8760, x1.

Fill was placed in the creek channel during reservoir construction, causing downstream erosion. The fill will be removed during restoration to prevent further erosion. The restored creek channel will help bring back 40 acres of meadow. Photo: Beth Christman