Third Creek’s makeover

Fish passage barriers have been removed and critical habitat has been restored following completion of the Third Creek Restoration Project in Incline Village. The restoration has also reduced sediment flow into Lake Tahoe, according to engineers of the project. For the past 10 months, the Incline Village General Improvement District, ENTRIX, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Nevada Department of State Lands have worked to restore the banks and about 1,500 feet of Third Creek’s streambed.

“Prior to the restoration effort, the area suffered from excess bank erosion-causing sediment to flow into Lake Tahoe as well as creating several fish passage barriers, making it difficult for fish to migrate upstream,” said IVGID district manager Brad Johnson in a statement. “Now that the stream has been restored, this project will reduce fine sediment getting into the lake and enhance critical habitat for both fish and bird species.”