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Stream and Wetlands Restoration

TitleStream and Wetlands Restoration
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-08-11
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment # 34 - "Stream & Wetland Restoration" (Air Date: September 23). Steve Goldman from the California Tahoe Conservancy discusses a major wetland restoration project in South Lake Tahoe.
SubjectWetland restoration -- California -- South Lake Tahoe
Stream restoration -- California -- South Lake Tahoe
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 34 "Stream & Wetland Restoration" (Air Date: September 23) ((Anchor Intro)) Restoring wetlands and streams has turned into a top priority at Lake Tahoe since wetlands act as a natural filter for sediment and runoff. In tonight?s Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes as look at a major restoration project in South Lake Tahoe. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) In 1960 this magnificent wetland was destroyed. A developer came here and channelized the creek and dammed the end of the meadow to create a man-made lake. A lake that eventually turned into an unhealthy murky mess. It made the site a prime candidate for restoration, and in 1994 Cold Creek and the meadow were reconstructed. The creek was rebuilt so that it could meander naturally through the meadow. The banks were stabilized, and native vegetation was planted. ((Sot @ 14:12 Steve Goldman, California Tahoe Conservancy)) "We used a combination of all natural materials. We didn't use concrete and pipe and other man made materials that are typically used in stream projects." ((Track 2)) At the time, it was a bit of an experiment to see if a site this damaged and this large could be rehabilitated. Obviously, the experiment worked. Wildlife has come back to the meadow. Fish have come back to the creek. And the wetland is working as it should - filtering sediment into the meadow instead of sending dirt and rocks downstream into Lake Tahoe. ((Sot @ 18:39)) "Just the lushness of the system shows that it's working. The water and the nutrients are helping to grow the meadow vegetation. They're not helping to grow algae in the lake." ((Track 3)) And that's what wetland restoration projects are all about - helping to keep Lake Tahoe blue. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor Tag)) For more information on the Cold Creek restoration project and other similar projects at Lake Tahoe visit our website at

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