Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the Martis Valley Trail Right-of-Way Project

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Published Nov. 9, 2020
Updated: Nov. 9, 2020

Martis Valley, California – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has released its Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the Martis Valley Trail Right-of-Way Project. The Project encompasses approximately 1.5 miles of paved, multi-use recreational trail that crosses through federal property at the Martis Creek Lake and Dam Project. 


The Project is part of the larger regional multiple‐use trail system proposed by Placer County and Northstar Community Services District that would connect communities within the Truckee - Lake Tahoe area.


The Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment describes proposed design refinements and discusses new and detailed information regarding the cultural significance of Martis Valley in association with the Project’s setting for the Paved Trail within the MCLDP alignment, to evaluate changes in effects to the Proposed Action outlined in the 2017 EA.


Acting as an agent for Placer County, NCSD has requested a temporary construction easement from USACE. The temporary easement would encompass an approximately 50-foot-wide corridor to facilitate construction of the Martis Valley Trail within the Martis Creek Lake and Dam Project. Once construction is complete, a permanent real estate easement would be granted to Placer County encompassing a varying 15 to 28 foot-wide corridor along the trail centerline to facilitate long-term maintenance. The MVT would be owned by Placer County and NCSD would be responsible for operation and maintenance of the trail. 


The draft supplemental environmental assessment is being circulated for a 30 day public review period, which closes on December 6, 2020. Interested individuals can access an electronic version of the document here: http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/Locations/Sacramento-District-Parks/Martis-Creek-Lake/

Hard copies of the draft document can be provided upon request.


USACE is one of the nation’s leading federal providers of outdoor and water-based recreation, hosting millions of visits annually to its more than 400 lake and river Projects.

J. Paul Bruton

Release no. 20-029