Forest Service looks for public input on Incline Lake project

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Updated: 5/16/2014 9:52 am

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- Between the Mt. Rose summit and North Lake Tahoe lays an empty pit that has sat empty for almost six years. Now you can help revive the land.

Row boats, fishing and a small community once surrounded Incline Lake before engineers labeled its dam as a high hazard to Incline Village homes, schools and businesses below.

U.S. Forest Service Forest Engineer Mike Gabor said the lake sits above the incline fault, and the pit is formed because of the seismic area. He said if an earthquake hits, the ground can move 30 feet in an instant.

Private owners drained the lake before selling the land to the Forest Service in 2008 for an estimated $43 million. "The intent was to purchase the land for bringing more land into Tahoe basin into public ownership for the enjoyment of the public to go out and recreate and for conservation resources," said Gabor.

The time to act on this intent is now. The proposed action is to remove the lakes faulty dam and build up the existing meadowlands for $1.5 million. The alternative plan costs up to $8 million dollars and will retrofit the dam while filling the empty lake again.

To survive an earthquake, a thick plastic liner under the lake and dam would hold water and avoid runoff into the soil and earth below. "The liner would essentially prevent water from coming through the dam," said Gabor. “There would be some additional rock put on the face to stabilize the mass of the structure itself."

The Forest Service wants to know your thoughts on the project. Public input must be received by June 6, and the U.S. Forest Service welcomes any and all other ideas to bring the land back to life.

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MotherNature - 5/15/2014 3:35 PM
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@kllysprks: So, you were trespassing on private land & catching HUGE trout? You are a great example for respect & conservation. @GMann: You discovered the Mt. Rose meadow area a few years ago? There was no lake there since 2008, and anyone that has driven the Mt. Rose highway from Galena to Lake Tahoe "discovered" the area. You are no Christopher Columbus! Both of you should hike your lazy butts to Marlette Lake & fish for "HUGE" trout. Perhaps the 5-mile hike is too much for your trespassing & discovering minds. The Mt. Rose meadow & former man-made, damned-up Incline Lake area should stay as is. No damn, no lake. Return the area to its natural foundation. Man-made changes have messed up enough of this universe. We should all advocate for our nature to be allowed to be as Mother Nature intended it to be!

GMann - 5/15/2014 2:53 AM
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I just discovered this place only a few years ago. I think they should also bring the lake back.

kllysprks - 5/14/2014 6:24 PM
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Fished there about 13 years ago when I was working on a cabin. It was fantastic! The trout were HUGE! I hope the lake is brought back.

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