South Lake Tahoe, Calif. – The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will resume work this week at Angora Creek near South Lake Tahoe. Crews will construct 700 feet of new stream channel to replace the existing Angora Creek channel, which was rerouted and straightened in the early 1900s to accommodate livestock grazing. Seneca Pond, constructed in 1964 when the area was under private ownership, will be returned to a wetland. The project will minimize stream erosion, improve native bird, fish and amphibian habitat and enhance stream bank vegetation, such as willow, alder, sedge grasses and wildflowers.
The Forest Service will use heavy equipment to reshape the pond into a meadow and dig the new channel. For safety, the public should stay away from heavy equipment working in the area.
This phase of the Angora Fire Restoration Project will complement the Lake Tahoe Boulevard stream crossing project completed by El Dorado County in 2011.
Work is expected to be complete by the beginning of September 2015.
For more information, contact Craig Oehrli or Stephanie Heller at (530) 543-2600 or visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/AngoraRestoration.