Sarah Green, Alpine Watershed Group; John Laird, Secretary of California Natural Resources Agency; Donald Jardine, Alpine County Supervisor
December 6, 2012 - Alpine County, in partnership with the Alpine Watershed Group, has been awarded a grant from the California Natural Resources Agency in the amount of $136,000 for the Markleeville Creek Restoration Project.
Alpine County has been working with various community partners since 2004 to plan a stream restoration project at the site of the former U.S. Forest Service Guard Station along Markleeville Creek. This project site has been subjected to significant and repeated flooding over the years. The flood wall, which was constructed in the 1930's to prevent flooding, has resulted in accelerated water flows causing erosion, stream incision and stream bank failures downstream.
The Markleeville Creek Restoration Project will reestablish the natural state of the stream and prevent further property damage as a result of flooding. This project will improve streamside habitat by removing the floodwall and re-vegetating the area. This restoration effort will provide various community benefits including utility improvements and public access for recreation such as walking paths, interpretive signage and picnicking. Additional funding for the current planning and design phase of this project has been provided by the California Department of Conservation, the Carson Water Subconservancy District and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.
The Natural Resources Agency also announced grant awards for 32 other river parkway projects that will benefit communities throughout the state of California. In 2006, California voters passed Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act, which authorized the Legislature to appropriate funds to benefit river parkway projects.
"Our river parkway grants help communities connect children with nature, promote public health by providing families with greater outdoor recreational opportunities, and protect the rivers that provide us with clean water," said Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird.
For more information about the Markleeville Creek Restoration Project, please contact Alpine Watershed Group Coordinator, Sarah Green, at 530-694-2327 or visit the website at www.alpinecountyca.gov/watershed_group.
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