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.

Status:  
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 the Placer County Board of Supervisors voted to approve the project. 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. The only “no” vote came from Jennifer Montgomery, the representative for the Tahoe/Truckee region.

 

› 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 Gondola 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.

Status:  

There were two separate Notices for the proposed Base-to-Base (B2B) 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.

 

› 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 were 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. We will update you as new information becomes available.

The marina was shut down this year after 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.