Bijou Park Creek
Bijou Park Creek Watershed Restoration Project
The 850-acre Bijou Park Creek Watershed is an important watershed extending from Heavenly Mountain Resort in the upper watershed and encompassing upper Ski Run Boulevard, neighborhoods off Glenwood and Blackwood Avenues and the Knights Inn Hotel area before connecting with Lake Tahoe at Ski Run Marina. The area around the Knights Inn Hotel including Lloyd, Bill, Herbert and Shirley Avenues, historically experiences significant amounts of flooding, which contains nutrients and sediment from the upper watershed, residential and commercial properties and runoff from roadways, before discharging into the Ski Run Marina. Restoration and enhancement of the Bijou Park Creek Watershed has long been considered an important aspect of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (Project #01-01-01-0086). Although the watershed was long-ago developed and includes a high concentration of residential and commercial properties, the City, the California Tahoe Conservancy, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and other local agencies and environmental groups have identified improvements to the watershed as a high priority.
At a March 14, 2017 meeting, the City Council adopted Resolution 2017-16 establishing the three phases of the Bijou Park Creek Watershed Restoration Project.
Phase 1 included acquisition of the various parcels in and around the former Knights Inn motel, demolition of all development on the Knights Inn properties including the 110-room hotel, the restaurant, conference center and single-family residence on Lloyd Avenue. Once the site was cleared, developable portions of the site were sold to the private developer for construction of the Wholefoods while the City maintained ownership of the water quality improvement areas to provide public flood mitigation, SEZ restoration, and detention basins for the removal of sediment and nutrients. More photos and information on this phase of the project can be seen on the TRPA EIP Project Tracker.
Phase 2 is the study of the Upper Watershed to develop meaningful recommendations for watershed restoration. The City has been awarded just under $500,000 of Prop 1 funds from the California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRQB) to study the Bijou Creek Park Watershed for projects that will lead to implementation of improvements.
Phase 3 would be the implementation of those recommendations.