Truckee River alcohol ban goes to state |

Truckee River alcohol ban goes to state

Placer County will pursue state legislation to forbid alcohol on the Truckee River over the Independence Day holiday, the county’s board of supervisors decided at their Tuesday meeting, held at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center.

Spurred by excessive public drunkenness, litter, nudity and traumatic injuries on the Truckee River during this year’s Fourth of July revelries, plus environmental damage caused by rafters, county officials have discussed an alcohol ban for several months.

The Truckee River saw nearly twice as many rafters floating down the waterway this summer’s holiday compared to previous years. More than 1,100 rafts with 2,000 people aboard floated the 3 1/2-mile stretch of river from Tahoe City to the River Ranch between noon and 2 p.m. on July 4, according to Placer County’s Environmental Health Department.

Some suspect the increase could be related a to a holiday alcohol ban on the American River in Sacramento County.

Supervisors told county staff to draft legislation broad enough to forbid alcohol throughout the time period surrounding the holiday.

The board also requested the legislation include the authority to extend the ban to additional time frames, if needed in the future.

“I’d like to have the ability … that if we find certain times that we need (the alcohol ban) and that once the legislation is done, we can add more,” Supervisor Bruce Kranz said at the meeting.

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