Grant #262

Caltrout Truckee River Access Improvement and Bank Stabilization

Project Description:

The project proposes to stabilize a steep eroding bank along the Truckee River with a series of small terraces comprised of logs and boulders, backfilled with native material generated from on-site. The site is easily accessed from a pullout along eastbound I-80 and the banks have been impacted by heavy recreation use. The terraces will not only stabilize a source of sediment to the Truckee River, but will also provide an access point for a variety of user groups (anglers, raft put-in/put-out, general recreation). Terraces will be comprised of logs and boulders to form a series of long steps down to the river. The side slopes will be graded between 2:1 and 3:1 and revegetated with willow pole plantings. The goals of this project are consistent with goals and objectives of previously-completed studies including: The Truckee River Flood Management project (Truckee River Flood Management Authority), Nevada County’s Recreation Master Plan, and although located downstream of the Placer County reach of the Truckee, the Truckee River Corridor Access Plan.

TMWA Benefit:

The proposed project advances TRF’s Grant Priority II. Watershed Improvements. Specifically, this project is going to reduce erosion on a popular bank of the Truckee River and stabilize a source of fine sediment of the 303d listed River. The terraces successfully constructed with this funding will concentrate users on a durable surface and improve convenience of entry and exit to the River. This will stop entry from multiple sites and reduce erosion associated with its current use. This erosion, which is currently leading to sedimentation, would otherwise affect water quality and habitat quality for fish and other species.