Concerns Addressed Over Truckee River Rafting Trash
With the commercial rafting operations on the Truckee River over for the year, Placer County is working with partners to provide cleanup of the trash and debris along the river.
Although the commercial companies closed, there is at least another month left in the rafting season. Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, working with the Tahoe National Forest and the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) of the U.S. Forest Service, the Truckee River Watershed Council and Placer County staff, created and financed a management plan to cover river cleanup for the remainder of the rafting season.
"While the rafting companies collect a user fee and are required by permit to cleanup during their commercial rafting season, after they shut down, the responsibility for ensuring the cleanup has historically fallen to no one," said Supervisor Montgomery, who's Fifth District encompasses Placer County's portion of Lake Tahoe and a large stretch of the Truckee River. The issue of how best to manage the river corridor is a complicated one, Supervisor Montgomery explained, because the County does not have jurisdictional responsibility for the river itself, nor does the county collect fees from the non-commercial rafters. "Placer County has been very concerned about this issue since it was brought to our attention," said Montgomery.
The Truckee River runs through National Forest land as well as private land alongside Highway 89. The Truckee River Bike Path is maintained by the Tahoe City Public Utility District, which provides park and recreation services in the region. About half of the river rafters are non-commercial users who pay no fee to use the river and access the river from many locations, including the Forest Service facility called "64 Acres" near the county's Tahoe Transit Center in Tahoe City.
Supervisor Montgomery, working with Deputy Forest Supervisor Eli Ilano of the Tahoe National Forest, Truckee District Ranger Joanne Roubique, LTBMU Recreational Lands Staff Officer Gina Thompson and the Truckee River Watershed Council's Lisa Wallace, identified county and federal funds to pay for trash pickup, dumpsters and portable restroom facilities through the end of the summer rafting season.
"The Forest Service is contributing $1,000 to the effort, as well as time and labor from the 'Generation Green' team that is underwritten by the county's portion of federal Rural Schools Funding dollars. The County's own $2500 contribution-funds collected from overnight visitors--is also helping pay for cleanup," said Montgomery. "We have entered into an agreement to pay the Tahoe City Public Utility District to take over the river portion of the cleanup in addition to their existing bike path operations. It's a win-win for us all, that proves how well governments and private partners can work together to meet a community need."
Later this fall, Supervisor Montgomery will be convening a multi-jurisdictional meeting to plan for long-term management of the rafting portion of the Truckee River, including an analysis of existing and potential future operational methods.
Pet Care | Real Estate | Restaurants | Tech | View All | * Add/Upgrade Business
Placer County News HeadlinesPediatric Dialysis Center Opens at UC Davis Children's HospitalUC Davis Children's Hospital recently opened a new pediatric dialysis center, where patients and their families will be trained on home-based peritoneal dialysis.
Marriage Insight from a Sports ColumnistLast column, I featured Paul Daugherty, nationally acclaimed Cincinnati Enquirer sports columnist, whose daughter Jillian was born with Down syndrome.
County Views Infrastructure Program as a Win-WinAUBURN, Calif. -- Community development and public works projects in Placer County will soon be cheaper and faster after the county board of supervisors voted unanimously
Real Estate: We Still Want to Own Our Home!Roseville, CA- Realtor, Julie Jalone of MagnumOne Realty in Roseville, writes about the recently released Housing Report from Harvard University.
Senior Softball Championship in Roseville and LincolnRoseville, CA - Senior Softball is heating up Placer Valley August 2-7 when the 16th Annual Western National Championships swings into Roseville and Lincoln.
Solitary Cellars 2014 Barbera WineRoseville, CA- What better way to start our new Wine Section than with a wine that is famously friendly in its ability to easily pair with a wide variety a foods.
Rachel Constantini named WJU's Interim Women's Soccer CoachROCKLIN, Calif. - William Jessup University Athletic Director Lance Von Vogt announced recently that Rachel Constantini will be taking over as Interim Head Women's Soccer Coach.
Let's Get Uncorked: Wine Review SectionRoseville, CA- Election Day is rapidly approaching and the time is ripe for serious discussion. In California, few things are as serious as wine.
Dead & Company: Perfect Dose of Party Unity Wheatland, CA- With 105 degrees in the forecast, it's going to be a hot show. Weather aside, Dead & Company continue racking up one incredible performance after another
Baby Boomer Festival and Expo in Roseville on August 13thRoseville, CA- The Baby Boomer Festival and Expo is scheduled for Saturday, August 13th at the Placer County Fair and Events Center in Roseville.
Treating Addiction: Placer County Seeks New ApproachPlacer County is developing a new approach to addiction treatment that treats addiction as a disease, and coordinates addiction services across county departments
Sierra College's Tech Ed Skills on ABC's BattleBotsRocklin, CA - Sierra College Mechatronics Professor Tony Osladil and his former student Jeff Gomez were invited to be on a team for this summer's BattleBots
NEWS: In Case You Missed It