Lake Tahoe Region
Our Tahoe Basin experience includes preparation of environmental documents, cultural resources surveys, and interpretive signage.
Upper Truckee River and Marsh Restoration Project
For this project on the largest river draining into Lake Tahoe, restoration of wetlands and the stream channel required significant planning, environmental review, and permitting. Charlane Gross evaded local wildlife while conducting archaeological surveys, and Lorrie Jo Williams prepared public outreach and interpretive materials.
Regional Plan Update
Debra Lilly was involved in early development of alternatives for analysis in the update to NEPA’s guiding regulatory framework. Later, as a subconsultant to Ascent Environmental, GrassRoots provided technical editing and document production services for several iterations of the EIS.
Lake Tahoe Shorezone Ordinance Amendments
Before forming GrassRoots, Ms. Lilly managed the team preparing a Supplemental Draft EIS and Final EIS for NEPA’s Lake Tahoe Shorezone Ordinance amendments; Charlane Gross evaluated impacts on archaeological resources and Native American sites.
Analysis focused on environmental effects of policy-level regulatory changes for piers, buoys, and other lakeshore structures. The team prepared responses to a large number of public comments and evaluated a modified alternative for consistency with the environmental analysis already provided.
Northstar-at-Tahoe Expansion Projects Archaeological Surveys
Between 2000 and 2011, Northstar-at-Tahoe planned and constructed significant enhancements to commercial, recreational, and residential facilities on 1,800 acres of mountainsides, meadows, and woodlands overlooking Lake Tahoe.
More than 20 individual studies, including a major baseline survey conducted in 2000, have guided Northstar’s development activities and contributed to the continued preservation of significant cultural sites. Numerous archaeological sites were documented on Northstar property, including late 19th century logging camps and improvised logging chutes.