|Project to Include Toilet, Signage, Erosion Control and Access Trail
Mammoth Lakes, CA (June 22, 2020) – Mammoth Lakes Recreation (MLR) has announced this week that it has been awarded $79,275 from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy for its “Buckeye Hot Springs Recreational Enhancement and Watershed Restoration Project.”
Buckeye Hot Springs is a popular geothermal hot spring in Bridgeport, CA. The site is easily accessed from highway 395. Continued increases in traffic and visitation to the site have led to significant degradation to the springs and surrounding area. This project will work to reduce and mitigate these impacts by removing the existing social trails and designing and constructing a single sustainable trail to access the popular recreation site. MLR will also administer the instillation of a vault toilet. Finally, MLR will be working with project partners to implement erosion-control measures and the addition of interpretive signage and displays. These enhancements will result in a more sustainable recreation experience that benefits the natural environment and tourist-based economy of Bridgeport and the Eastern Sierra.
The SNC Vibrant Recreation and Tourism grant will provide $79,275 to Mammoth Lakes Recreation for administering the project in partnerships with Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Mono County. The proposed project has received the support of the Bridgeport Indian Colony, Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the Bridgeport Regional Planning Advisory Committee. Pending completion of appropriate and legally required environmental studies and consultation, and acceptance of a formal agreement between the SNC and cooperators, construction is anticipated to commence in the Summer of 2020, and be completed by Spring of 2021.