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The next scheduled Board meeting is July 20th, 10am, at the Parasol, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, NV. 

 

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November 1, Supervisors Barbara Perlman-Whyman, Maureen McCarthy, and Glen Smith were all re-elected.  Their new terms expire 12/31/2020.

 

 

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Burke Creek/Rabe Meadow Restoration


Burke Creek is a small stream in the Lake Tahoe Basin which passes just north of the intersection of Highway (HWY) 50 and Kahle Drive.  It has an approximately 4.5 square mile drainage area to Lake Tahoe.  Burke Creek passes through Rabe Meadows, which is a popular recreation area in close proximity to Nevada Beach and Round Hill Pines Resort and is used by pedestrians and bike riders that travel through the meadow along the bike path.

 

Burke Creek has been historically modified and relocated to accommodate development. The stream channel above HWY 50 is actively eroding due to being moved and straightened in the 1950s and the adjacent floodplain reduced. At HWY 50, an undersized culvert that runs under the highway restricts flows, resulting in flooding of travel lanes during large storm events. Downstream of HWY 50 the channel was relocated in the 1980s, as part of a US Forest Service project for restore the Jennings Casino development site.  Unfortunately, the channel's location along a knoll, paired with willow growth and sediment accumulation is causing high flows to escape into the urban environment. 

Rendering of Burke Creek Reroute

The goal of the Project is to:

  • Restore ecological function and processes within the Burke Creek channel and its adjacent floodplain;
  • Reduce pollutant loading to Lake Tahoe;
  • Improve public safety on Highway 50 related to flooding.

 

NTCD is partnering with the USFS, NDOT, Douglas County and NDSL to propose the Burke Creek Highway 50 Crossing and Realignment Project (Project). The Project intends to achieve the goals, while minimizing impacts to private property, recreation infrastructure, and traffic flow on HWY 50.

 

The following actions are proposed to meet these intentions:
Burke Creek above HWY 50

  • Decommission approximately 12,000 square feet of commercial parking lot adjacent to Burke Creek that is located within the historic floodplain. 
  • Abandon 230 feet of Burke Creek from its current hillside levee and reconstruct approximately 250 feet of stable channel within its historic floodplain. This new channel will be located in in the decommissioned parking lot.
  • Restore short lengths of head cuts, entrenchment and floodplain pinching along 400 feet of Burke Creek. 

Burke Creek at HWY 50

  • Install a culvert capable of passing a 50 year storm event. 
  • Install storm water conveyance improvements along HWY 50 adjacent to Lake Village and the Professional Building, and construct two storm water treatment basins on the west side of HWY 50.

Burke Creek below HWY 50

  • Abandon 500 feet of existing unstable stream channel to tie into the new HWY 50 stream crossing.

 

The timing of proposed actions is between May 1 through October 15th of 2016 (HWY 50 and above) and 2017 (below HWY 50).