River Monitoring Program
On April 9, 1974 the County of Placer Board of Supervisors adopted Placer County Code, 1967, Chapter 5, Article VII, Relating to Rafting Regulations. Placer County began regulating commercial rafting in 1977.
Placer County Planning Commission reviews and approves the rafting permits/conditional use permits (CUP) for Mountain Air Sports (MAS) and Tahoe Sierra Recreation (TSR), (formerly known as Truckee River Rafting) commercial river-rafting companies. Placer County Environmental Health assists the Planning Department and the USDA Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit to ensure that the conditions of the permit are achieved.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Placer County and the U.S. Forest Service, on May 7, 2002. Both MAS and TSR are responsible for their participation in the execution of the MOU.
The summer of 2006 was the tenth year of the Truckee River Monitor Program supervised by Placer County Department of Health.
The River Monitor Program is designed to monitor both commercial and private rafting and the condition of the riparian zone along the Truckee River. Commercial (rental) and private (self-outfitted) rafters float a 3.5-mile section of the River that starts near Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City and ends at River Ranch near Alpine Meadows Road. TSR and MAS are the permitted commercial rafting businesses operating this section. Although the Placer County Code and raft company CUPs regulate commercial rental operations on the River, Placer County does not regulate private users.