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The North Tahoe Community has an opportunity to be a part of the restoration of Polaris Creek and Wetland while also preserving the recreational amenities of Pomin Park.
In 2019 Tahoe RCD collaborated with the California Tahoe Conservancy, California State Parks, Placer County, and Tahoe City Public Utility District to conduct a feasibility study for the restoration of Polaris Creek and wetland complex.
The goal of the study was to investigate restoration options for Polaris Creek one of Lake Tahoe’s important, yet overlooked, tributaries. Pomin Park, built directly on the Polaris Creek wetland, is a vital recreation resource for North Tahoe communities. The ball field in Pomin Park constrains the creek and causes seasonal flooding on the fields and the adjacent campground, keeping them waterlogged, unsafe and unusable for much of the spring and summer.
Potential relocation or reorientation of the ball field, park, and campground would provide the opportunity for restoration of Polaris Creek and help improve Lake clarity and wildlife and meadow habitat by restoring a natural wetland.
The project seeks to build a collaborative approach to protect North Tahoe’s environment and community resources. This includes soliciting input from neighbors, community members, the youth sports community, and more through the process. The project is still in a very early stage of development which allows for lots of opportunity for input. A public workshop was held on Tuesday November 5th in Tahoe City, CA. This community workshop provided community members the opportunity to discuss restoration options for Pomin Park and Polaris Creek with the public agencies.
There will be future opportunities to get involved with this project, so please stay tuned and sign up for our Tahoe RCD to stay involved!