Greening Up McIver Dairy Meadow

Right in the heart of Truckee on Donner Pass Road sits a little meadow with a not so little problem – McIver Dairy Meadow.

Known for its sledding hill, the meadow’s historic use as a dairy, as well modern land uses, had contributed to the degradation of the meadow. When the Truckee River Watershed Council’s water quality monitoring estimated 2 tons of sediment were being contributed from this site annually to the Truckee River, it was clear something had to be done.

Big benefits from a tiny meadow

Improving water quality

A healthy meadow slows, infiltrates, and filters water and runoff as it flows through, reducing the sediment contributed downstream—in this case, by 2 tons!

Improving habitat quality

The restored meadow provides better habitat for native species of plants, birds, and fish.

Reversing past degradation

Large amounts of artificial fill were removed, revealing wetland soils beneath, allowing native meadow plants like sedges and rushes to return.

Re-watering dry portions of meadow

By reconnecting the creek with its floodplain, we elevated the water table, allowing wet meadow habitat to return.

Protecting the foundation of a historic dairy barn

With the help of archeological and architectural experts, TRWC determined how best to protect the historical buildings in the meadow in conjunction with the restoration.

Where it
all happens

McIver Dairy Meadow is located in the heart of Truckee, along Donner Pass Road across from the Villager Nursery.

To stay up to date on the project, follow TRWC social media pages: @trwcnews on Instagram and Truckee River Watershed Council on Facebook.

Fast Facts

Location: along Donner Pass Road across from the Villager Nursery

Scale: 4 acres of meadow

Schedule: September 2019 – October 2019

Budget: $475,000

Partner: Town of Truckee



For more information on assessments, monitoring, plans, reports, and general information on the McIver Dairy Meadow restoration project, explore this resources section.


Construction Schedule

Heavy construction is wrapped up out at McIver Dairy Meadow!

Revegetation will continue, so please look for and respect all signage while the meadow is in this fragile state.