Other Activities affecting the West Shore

This page includes information regarding other Projects & Activities that FOWS is concerned will affect the West Shore. Please check back for updates and copies of comments submitted by FOWS and other organizations. Information regarding the Homewood Village Resort, Fanny Bridge/SR 89 Realignment Project, Brockway Campground/Martis Valley West Plans, the TRPA Regional Plan Update, and Placer and El Dorado County Area Plans is provided separately (click on each project/plan title for details).


› Squaw Valley – Proposed Village:    

The proposed project includes major new construction at Squaw Valley, drawing 1,000’s more overnight guests, countless more day visitors, buildings over 100 feet that will forever block cherished Valley views, and other impacts to the Squaw Valley community and the environment, including within the Lake Tahoe Basin. FOWS remains concerned with the extent of proposed development along the West Shore, North Shore, and areas bordering the Lake Tahoe Basin (such as Squaw Valley), and the cumulative impacts of these multiple projects on our communities, which include increased Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) in the Basin, increased water and air pollution, noise, and other adverse impacts associated with increasing visitor and resident populations, both in the Basin and surrounding areas. Learn more at Sierra Watch’s Keep Squaw True page.

Notice of Preparation (NOP) issued 2/21/14;  Read FOWS Comments 3/24/2014
Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) issued 5/18/2015;  Read FOWS Comments 7/14/2015
The Final EIR was released on 4/7/2016. Read FOWS Comments to: Planning Commission 8/7/2016; Board of Supervisors 11/13/2016 

On 11/15/2016 the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the project. The only “no” vote came from Jennifer Montgomery, the representative for the Tahoe/Truckee region. Evidence used by Supervisors to support their decision included an 11th hour agreement with the California Attorney General to pay just over $15,000/year toward mitigation for impacts to Lake Tahoe (as the costs of efforts to address Tahoe’s environmental damage run in the billions, this amount won’t go very far). Sierra Watch recently challenged whether this agreement violated the Brown Act, a law established to ensure due public process. On 12/15/2016, the Sierra Watch filed a lawsuit against approval of the project based on a flawed environmental analysis (CEQA suit) and violation of public meeting laws (Brown Act suit). As of January 2018, the opening brief for the lawsuit is available and the court hearing is scheduled for 4/26/2018.


› Base-to-Base Gondola – Alpine Meadows to Squaw Valley:   

A Base-to-Base Gondola that will cut through the Granite Chief Wilderness Area has been proposed. FOWS is concerned about the impacts the proposed gondola route will have on scenic quality and natural resources, wildlife habitat, and other values, as well as the precedent the gondola’s approval could set for possible future gondolas in the Lake Tahoe Basin.


There were two separate Notices for the proposed Base-to-Base Gondola. Placer County’s Notice of Preparation under CEQA was released on 4/22/2016 (read FOWS comments). The U.S. Forest Service’s Notice of Intent under NEPA was released on 4/30/2016 (read FOWS comments). In late July 2016 it was announced that a the gondola proposal will now go through a joint Placer County/U.S. Forest Service environmental review process; a revised public notice was distributed in September.

Numerous conservation organizations, including FOWS, have expressed opposition to the proposed route, advocating for an alternative alignment to be evaluated. Not only are we concerned with the impacts to the Wilderness Area, but also the potential precedent that could be set.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/R) was released on 4/27/2018. Read FOWS comments here.


› Other Projects, Plans, and Activities: 

Lake Tahoe Passenger Ferry:

Although FOWS recognizes the benefits of improving public transit options, the passenger ferry service, as currently proposed, will create significant air and water quality impacts to the West Shore and Lake Tahoe, as well as increase the spread of invasive species in the Lake.

Liberty Energy (aka “Calpeco”) Electrical Line Upgrade Project:

Liberty Energy will be upgrading and adding new electrical lines in the “resort triangle” area (Truckee/Kings Beach/Tahoe City), creating significant environmental impacts within the Basin in order to increase electrical capacity for resorts primarily outside of the Basin to expand. In addition, this will be done at the expense of existing ratepayers, who will benefit little, if at all, from the project.

Meeks Bay Resort Upgrades:

Although timing is uncertain, plans are underway to assess potential upgrades and improvements to the Meeks Bay Resort, which provides day-use beach access, marina activities, lodging and RV and tent camping. Placer County and the U.S. Forest Service planned to issue the Notice of Preparation/Notice of Intent in the fall of 2017 (which will outline potential future development and restoration options at the site), and to complete the public scoping process before the middle of December. However, as of January 2018, the Notice has not yet been released.

The marina has been shut down for several years, originally due to low lake levels. However in 2016, high pollution levels were detected in water samples. Learn more here.

California Tahoe Conservancy (CTC)-owned lands:

Most people are probably familiar with the California Tahoe Conservancy (CTC). For almost 30 years, the CTC has purchased land on behalf of California’s public (with our taxes), protecting Lake Tahoe from development, and providing our communities with important open spaces. However, CTC has been changing its operations lately. Learn more.

TCPUD’s West Shore Water Treatment Plant:

The Tahoe City Public Utilities District (TC PUD) has approved a project to upgrade water treatment facilities on the West Shore. Learn more.