Environmental Planning And Regulatory Processing Projects

Categories: Environmental Planning And Regulatory Processing Projects

Date of completion: 2015

The Lake Forest Public Boat Launch is operated by the Tahoe City Public Utility District. The project was to replace the existing ramp and restore it to its original elevations. Sediment accumulation and deterioration have resulted in structural failure of the ramp. AEC was the prime consultant providing overall coordination for the rehabilitation project. Services included design and regulatory permitting for the replacement and widening of the boat ramp in accordance with the California Department of Boating and Waterways’ design standards, and dredging of lake access to the previous dredged elevation of 6219’ to enable boat operation at lower lake levels.

Date of completion: 2012

This Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Project on U.S. Forest Service Land involved construction of a 6-bus inter-modal transit facility, 131-space parking lot, relocation of 450 feet of recreation access road, relocation and extension of 1,600 LF of multi-purpose recreational trails, and all storm drainage and water quality treatment systems. Roadway and drainage improvements to State Route 89 were required for left turn channelization and highway intersection improvements for the relocated recreation access road. The project design incorporated low-impact design principles, extensive use of permeable pavements and advanced stormwater management systems.

Date of completion: 2012

Relocation of the downtown Tahoe City Fire Station to a 20,000 square foot public safety center. The largest challenge of this project was in siting the development to avoid the stream environment zone and wetlands that surround it. Also important, is the development of a stormwater management plan that is acceptable to the TRPA and Lahontan, which provides treatment of runoff at reasonable cost.

Date of completion: 2015

Martis Valley Trail is a paved, multi-use recreational trail, that connects the communities of Truckee and Northstar, and ultimately the Lake Tahoe Basin. The 9+ mile trail begins near the southern limits of the Town of Truckee, crosses through Martis Valley, and ends near Sawmill Flat Reservoir at a junction with Forest Route 73 (AKA the Fiberboard Freeway), allowing connection to Tahoe’s north shore. AEC worked with the environmental consultant to complete an equal-weight CEQA analysis of two project alternatives. Multiple resource areas required bridge/boardwalk crossing evaluations to minimize impacts.

Date of completion: 2016

The Tahoe City Winter Sports Park is a recreation concession provided by Tahoe-XC for the TCPUD on the Tahoe City Golf Course and adjoining property. The Winter Sports Park offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice skating during the winter. The outdoor seasonal ice skating rink was built in 2016, expanding the winter recreational opportunities. AEC provided planning, design, and permitting services for the project.

Date of completion: 2012

The Lakeside Trail is a one-mile segment in the largest paved trail system at Lake Tahoe, connecting the North Shore, West Shore, and the Truckee River and Squaw Valley. This segment courses through the core of Tahoe City in close proximity to the Truckee River and Lake Tahoe and was developed in seven phases due to its complexities. Water quality and coverage mitigation strategies were successfully implemented throughout the trail and allowed for enhanced restoration of areas that had been previously disturbed. Managed public access and friendly barrier features have kept users on the trail and away from sensitive areas. Major utility upgrades and relocations as well as storm water treatment facilities and source control measures on and off site were key benefits of the trail.

Date of completion: 2015

The project included the replacement of the entire 36-inch sewer main pipeline as it crosses the Truckee River in Tahoe City, CA. AEC completed the surveying and base mapping required for design and permitting for the project. Survey services included topographic and boundary surveys, location of physical features in the Truckee River channel, and depiction of 100-year floodplain limits. Permits required for the project include a US Forest Service Special Use Permit, a California 401 Water Quality Certification and Basin Plan Exemption, a CA Department of Fish and Wildlife Streambed Alteration Agreement, and Caltrans Encroachment Permit for construction staging and access within the Caltrans Maintenance Yard.

Date of completion: 2016

The Homewood Bike Trail is a 0.9-mile paved trail along SR 89 that provides the once-missing link within a 9+ mile path leading users between Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, and now the beautiful west shore of Lake Tahoe. Bike path travelers can now safely explore the beaches, access hiking/biking trails and campgrounds, and journey as far as the Meeks Bay Campground. AEC provided topographic and design surveys for this TRPA Environmental Improvement Project (EIP), as well as regulatory permitting for the trail with TRPA. The topographic survey involved coordination with Placer County and Caltrans in connection with the Homewood/SR 89 erosion control project.

Date of completion: 2003

The project included a complete refurbishment of the park area. This involved upgrading the playground to meet current safety standards; relocation of the restroom building to a more accessible location; reconstructing the sewer pump station and force main; highway streetscape improvements including removal of existing boardwalk and railing, installation of a depressed walkway surfaced with concrete pavers and cable railing. Beach improvements included placement of 12,000 cubic feet of imported sand in former grassed areas. Shoreline stabilization was necessary to protect the beach, and a dynamic rock revetment was designed to mimic natural conditions. Other work included restoration and stabilization of the steep slopes and existing foot trail, providing ADA access to restrooms, interpretive displays of Tahoe history, a picnic terrace area and overlook areas, and a reconstructed parking area with advanced stormwater BMP’s due to proximity to Lake Tahoe.

Date of completion: 2016

The project involved dredging of lake access to the previous dredged elevation of 6220’ to enable boat operation at lower lake levels. AEC was retained for civil design, topographic and bathymetric surveys, construction inspection/monitoring, as well as permit compliance. AEC provided TRPA, Lahontan, CDFW, and California State Lands permitting compliance/acknowledgement as well as environmental clearance for a California State Parks Right-of-Entry in order to facilitate an early construction start date.

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