Federal protection sought for stretch of Upper Truckee River

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — An anglers group is asking the federal government to protect a stretch of the Upper Truckee River south of Lake Tahoe with a “wild and scenic” designation.

California Trout seeks to protect the uppermost section of the Lake Tahoe tributary from Meiss Meadows south of Carson Pass to South Upper Truckee Road near Meyers. The river’s mouth is in nearby South Lake Tahoe.

Supporters told the Tahoe Daily Tribune that while there are no imminent threats to the river, the group wants to protect it for future generations.

“If you left it alone for 10, 20, 30 years, it would probably be all right, but who knows what will happen in 40, 50, 60 years? I say, do it now before it’s too late,” said Victor Babbit, owner of Tahoe Flyfishing Outfitters.

Alpine County Supervisor Skip Henry Veatch said some residents fear such a designation could affect their ability to do what they want with their property near the river.

Other supporters of the designation note the section of river is one of the only places where Lahontan cutthroat trout have been successfully reintroduced into a native stream environment. The river is popular with fly fishermen chasing the threatened species.

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