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Rain or Shine: It's a Tahoe Donner Block Party



“Public Services Together…One Neighborhood at a Time” visits Tahoe Donner

Tahoe Donner residents and homeowners, mark your calendar for Saturday, September 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and plan to attend this FREE event to learn about the various programs and services offered by local public agencies.

NOTE: This event will happen rain or shine.

Come to Northwoods Clubhouse and meet local public agency staff and get direct access to programs from:

  • Truckee Donner PUD
  • Truckee Sanitary District
  • Tahoe Forest Health System
  • Truckee River Watershed Council
  • Nevada County
  • Town of Truckee
  • Truckee Police Department
  • California Highway Patrol
  • Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District
  • Truckee Tahoe Airport District
  • Truckee Fire Protection District

Walk away informed with money-saving measures that could improve your home:

  • Pick up FREE light bulbs, blue bags and a new bike helmet for your kids;
  • Feel what it’s like to fly in the Sierra Nevada with the Airport’s flight simulator;
  • Bring old electronics including TVs and computers and recycle them for free; and
  • Learn about rebates available for improving your landscaping, purchasing energy star appliances and switching out that old water guzzling toilet.

There will be a free barbecue lunch, too.  We hope to see you Saturday, September 21, at the Northwoods Clubhouse to take advantage of all the free services and important information that local public agencies have available for you! This program was developed as a collaborative effort to provide our community with better access to important programs and services.  Click here to view a flyer with more details. For more information, call 530-582-3931.

 

August 21, 2013

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Wildlife Best Practices

Management urges all members and guests to respect our wildlife neighbors including bears, mountain lions, bobcats, deer, etc. and protect them as well as your homes and yourself by limiting interaction with them and not unknowingly or knowingly inviting them into your home, garage or decks.  Follow a few key best practices to reducing conflict with the wildlife here in Tahoe Donner:

  1. Keep all garbage, food and other items like laundry detergent, lotions, etc. locked in enclosed containers
  2. Clean out food and food wrappers from cars and secure vehicle and close windows
  3. Secure house at all times and do not leave your garage door open with trash and/or other items available for animals
  4. Keep barbecue grills clean;
  5. Keep bird feeders off decks and inaccessible to bears

For more bear and wildlife awareness information you can visit, Town of Truckee’s Bear Awareness site www.townoftruckee.com/index.aspx?page=1277 and Tahoe Wild Bear Council’s site www.tahoewildbears.org/.

July 3, 2013

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TDPUD Pipeline Construction for Summer 2013

Truckee Donner PUD Pipeline Construction for Summer 2013

Truckee Donner PUD is contracting for water mainline replacements in the Tahoe Donner Area this summer (see map below). Work will begin in early May and will run through the summer construction period.

The work will begin on the Northwoods at Coyote Moon section as per the contract documents. The rest of the schedule will be discussed with the contractor at an upcoming pre-construction meeting once the contract documents are in place. The work will be sequential moving from one location to another so only one area will be impacted at a time.

The Truckee Donner PUD has undertaken this water mainline replacement project to address persistent leaks and an aging water system in Tahoe Donner. The Truckee Donner PUD has made significant investments in replacing Tahoe Donner’s water distribution system and fixing leaks over the last decade, resulting in substantial water savings.  Although these projects can cause some short-term traffic disruptions and delays, the reduced water waste and associated energy savings due to reduced pumping costs are there for the long-term!

Download a larger PDF file of the above image for more detail.

Any questions regarding this project should be directed to the District’s Water System Engineer, Neil Kaufman, at 530-582-3950.

April 15, 2013

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Bear Safety

According to the Bear League, 2007 was a record year for bear deaths in the Truckee Tahoe region. A recorded 120 bears were hit by cars or destroyed for their continued annoyance and potential threat to the public.

Wild animals naturally fear people; as long as you keep your distance, they will generally not bother you, unless the animal has become accustomed to human contact. When bears have easy access to human food sources, including trash, it has been observed that their behavior changes. In these cases, bears are no longer cautious and fearful around people, and this may result in property damage and even threaten human safety.

You may request bear-awareness stickers for your dumpsters by calling Nichole Dorr at (530)582 -2909. We recommend you secure dumpsters with a carabineer, so it will allow the garbage company to maintain easy access to the trash.

Facts about Local Bears

Black bears are the only species of bear in California. They range in color from blond to black; brown is the most common color. Black bears can run up to 35 miles per hour, climb trees and swim. Never run from a bear. As winter approaches, bears will forage for food up to 20 hours per day, storing as much fat as possible to hibernate during the winter months. Bears hibernate less if food, such as garbage, is available. Males are much larger than females and can weigh up to 500 pounds; the average male weighs 300 pounds. A typical diet for a wild bear consists of berries, plants, nuts, roots, honey, honeycomb, insects, insect larvae, carrion and small mammals.

There are simple steps that you can follow to protect bears and other wildlife from a potentially deadly encounter. Remember, we must all act responsible in bear country to keep the bears Alive and Wild.

Keep in mind that bears and other animals are attracted to anything edible or smelly. Take precautions by using the following guidelines:

In town:

  • Utilize public trash receptacles and dumpsters while visiting local parks and recreational facilities. Pay special attention when securing receptacle or dumpster lids.
  • Keep bear-proof trash receptacles and dumpsters closed, latched and locked at all times.
  • Do not leave trash, groceries or pet food in your car. If you absolutely must leave edible or smelly items in your car, then make sure the items are in airtight containers and locked in your trunk.
  • Stow all edible or smelly products, including food, suntan lotion, insect repellent, soap, toothpaste and candles properly. Keep these products inside your home or secured in bear lockers while camping.

Camping:

  • Remember, NEVER keep food in your tent.
  • Keep a clean camp. Immediately clean up after meals, and store food and garbage, as outlined above. Keep barbecue grills away from tents.
  • If you are backpacking, remember that if you pack it in, then you must pack it out. Remember to be prepared to use a bear-sling to hoist food high up on a tree limb. In alpine conditions, use a bear canister for all food and toiletries

At home or work:

  • Do not run. Assert your dominance by standing tall and making loud noises to scare the bear away.
  • Never place trash and recycling at your curb prior to your collection day.
  • If the property uses a shared dumpster for trash and recycling, or if the property is commercial, make sure to close, latch and lock the dumpster lid. Never leave dumpster lids open and unsecured.
  • Periodically disinfect trash containers to remove odors.
  • Always remove the key from a bear canister after making sure the container is properly secured.
  • Harvest fruit off trees as soon as soon it is ripe, and promptly collect the fruit that falls to the ground.
  • Keep bird feeders off decks and inaccessible to bears.
  • Keep barbecue grills clean.
  • Securely block access to potential hibernation sites, such as crawl spaces under decks and buildings.
  • Keep doors and windows closed and locked when you are away from the property.

Anywhere:

  • Be sure to allow the bear free clearance if it attempts to get away.
  • Never get between a mother bear and her cubs.
  • Slowly walk away from any bear and make loud noises.
  • Although attacks are very rare, if you are attacked, FIGHT BACK AGGRESSIVELY! Do not roll up in a ball and play dead.

In the woods:

  • Do not run.
  • Make eye contact, but don’t stare.
  • Pick up small children and make yourself appear large.
  • Stay calm and quiet; back away slowly.

August 22, 2012

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North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle

Starting Friday, August 3, the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle will offer service between a variety of different stops in North Lake Tahoe. The pilot program will run through the end of September. Try a vacation from your car by taking public transit or riding your bike to one of the four beautiful docks. The North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle carries 12 passengers and up to 8 bikes.

Participating docks are: West Shore Cafe, Tahoe City Marina, GarWoods Grill & Pier and the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area. Rates start at $10 for adults and $7 for children up to 12 years old. Seats are limited and reservations are required. Please call (530) 581-8707 or visit North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle for more information.

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