Upcoming Board Meeting To Include Discussion of Water-Use Guidelines

Our next meeting is Saturday, April 16th, at 8:30 a.m., and it will be held at the Markleeville Library AND via Zoom.

Please RSVP by emailing us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com.

While we will be discussing water conservation measures moving forward we want to remind you that last year’s landscape watering guidelines, as part of the Fire Related Mandatory Conservation Plan, remain in effect.

Thanks for your continued conservation efforts!

We look forward to seeing you either in-person or via Zoom in a couple weeks!

An Update on the Musser & Jarvis Watershed Restoration – and Upcoming Tree Planting!

For three days starting on Wednesday, March 23rd, the six remaining bags of grass left over from last fall’s volunteer restoration in Musser & Jarvis Creek were spread out up to the wilderness boundary.  In addition, 3,000 tree seedlings were planted throughout the non-wilderness section of the Musser & Jarvis watershed!  The seedlings were Jeffery Pine, Ponderosa Pine, Sugar Pine and Incense Cedar.

How was this accomplished, you ask.

Through the help of a lot of people and organizations that need to be recognized:

  • The grass seed was leftover from last fall’s funding from the Chamber of Commerce.
  • The seedlings were a donation from University of Nevada – Reno to the US Forest Service. Annabelle Monti of the Forest Service was instrumental in this effort, from beginning to end.
  • Tools were provided by loans from Andy Lovell, the Alpine Watershed Group (Kimra McAfee and Rachel Kieffer).
  • The labor came from CalFire and the California Conservation Corp. and was funded by a donation from Richard and Susan Burchiel of Markleevillage. Sierra Riker of Alpine Watershed Group also participated in the planting.
  • Sierra Riker also performed the first monitoring of the restoration efforts in the watershed.

As for an update on last fall’s restoration efforts:  

The waddles and tree chinking both survived the winter with no damage.  There is still very little green in the watershed, with a few exceptions: 

  • Obviously, the new seedlings are beautiful, standing out in the stark landscape.
  • Death Camas is coming up in many areas, especially on the south-facing slopes.
  • Some small areas of phlox have sprouted, mostly on the south-facing slopes.
  • A couple of small patches of manzanita sprouts from burnt skeletons have appeared.
  • AND…. We’ve got lots of new grass sprouting from last fall’s seed-spreading!!! 

For those of you who participated on last fall’s last day, you may remember a last ditch effort to get seed down by dragging rakes and spreading seed as we walked out…even that was apparently successful. We can only hope the new sprouts survive the summer.

Upcoming Tree Planting!

As you may be aware, the Alpine Watershed Group along with the Forest Service has planned two (2) community volunteer Tree Planting Workdays on April 9th and May 1st.

We will be planting within the Tamarack Fire burn scar, and due to restrictions on the number of volunteers allowed, RSVP is required. Each workday will include a family-friendly site. – Alpine Watershed Group

Click here to view the flyer and click here to RSVP.

Locations TBD at this point so stay tuned to AWG’s site for more info.

Please get the word out, and pitch in if you can!

With everyone’s help we can facilitate recovery in other burned areas, too.

Board of Directors Meetings to Take Place Virtually Until Further Notice

This morning we posted that Saturday’s meeting will take place at the Alpine Co. Library at 270 Laramie Street in Markleeville at 8:30 a.m., HOWEVER, that is NO LONGER the case.

Per Alpine Co. Public Health (just a little bit after we posted up this morning’s heads up) public meetings are no longer allowed due to the surge in Covid cases within the county.

Here’s this weekend’s agenda, but again, attendance will only be by Zoom; there will be no one meeting at the library.

Qualified Persons may attend any MWC meeting but the meetings will now be via Zoom until further notice.

Please RSVP by emailing us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com.

Calling All Members – Volunteer Your Time & Expertise!

Happy New Year Markleeville Waterville Company Members and Friends!

We hope you had a great Christmas holiday and that you and yours are happy, healthy and safe.

As we kick off the new year we wanted to let everyone know that your participation and experience is ALWAYS welcome.

At our last meeting, at which by the way Becky Thornburg was elected as vice-president of the Board (congrats and thank you Becky!), we discussed MWC’s need for continued volunteerism.

Many of you helped out during our wateshed restoration and for that we are grateful. We wanted to mention, though, that continued help and participation is welcome and needed.

Perhaps you have expertise in areas such as engineering, plumbing, heavy equipment, electrical, construction, communication, or something else that could be of benefit to MWC or Alpine Co.?

If you’d like to help out, or just learn more about your water company, join us at one of our meetings.

All meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month, from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and while they are not open to the entire public, they are open to all members and those with a membership interest (for more on those terms, check out our bylaws on our Important Documents page).

The regular board meetings take place on the first month of the quarter (i.e. Jan., April, July and October), and are held BOTH in-person and via Zoom.

Our special call meetings, held on the second and third months of the quarters, are held via Zoom only, and are typically shorter than the regular board meetings.

If you’d like to participate, email us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com and we’ll send you the meeting details.

Please join us at an upcoming meeting. We’d love to see you!

P.s. Even if you can’t join us at a meeting, your input is always appreciated.

Volunteers Answered the Call – Thank you!

Thanks to our intrepid volunteers, including locals, Nevadans, CalFire and Ca Conservation Corp members, we had a successful three (3) days of restoration.

Some of the team doing a bit of seeding. The Musser & Jarvis Creek can be seen just behind them.

Each of the three (3) days brought us approximately 30 volunteers, who focused on seeding the slopes, and chinking trees, in the watershed, in order to lessen the effects of erosion and mitigate debris flowing into the creek. Editors note: The image at the top of this post is only of one crew, this particular troup was on site last Sunday.

Chinking? You ask…I (Mark) had not heard the term before last Sunday but based on what I can tell it is derived from log cabin building and the filling in of the spaces between the logs with a mortar of some sort.

As it relates to erosion mitigation it’s about filling in the upslope side of a felled tree (felled parallel to the creek) with rocks and dirt in order to capture sediment and re-direct water flow.

A video of the operation, including a look at some chinking.

A special shout out to the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and its Tamarack Fire Assistance Fund. It was that fund that allowed us to purchase the wattles and the seed.

Andy Lovell, and the Alpine Trails Association, helped out with tools expertise.

Mary Young, our President, and the First Gentleman, Bill Young, also deserve a shout out. They spent countless hours doing reconnaissance on the watershed, developing the plan and most importantly “herding the cats” to get the work done.

We should also mention Kimra and Sierra, from the Alpine Watershed Group. Their expertise and direction was such a plus!

The BIGGEST shout out, however, goes to you, dear volunteer. We wish we could name you all but the post would be too long if we did.

WE ARE SO THANKFUL! The Water Co., and the community as a whole, is lucky to have you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Musser & Jarvis Watershed Restoration Weekend – Volunteers Needed!

This weekend we’ll be laying wattles, and seeding the area, around the Musser & Jarvis watershed (which supplies Markleeville’s water) to help restore burn areas from the Tamarack Fire.

If you’re a MWC Member this is a great opportunity for you to learn more about the watershed that serves your water needs and more importantly, it’s a chance for you to contribute to the ongoing health of your watershed.

Please note the various requirements on the flyer above (masks to carpool, PPE required, 18+ only, etc.)

We hope to see you this weekend!

Our Surface Water is Untreatable – Please Conserve!

Due to the storm runoff, MWC is unable to treat surface water.  The image above is of our collection gallery and was taken this past Sunday.

We will be running off of our two (2) wells for the foreseeable future.  

We know there is water everywhere, but as you can see if you look at our creeks and rivers, the water is not fit to drink (or even to treat to attempt to make it drinkable). 

In addition, our raw water intake is blocked and will require maintenance once the creek drops.

Members have been doing an amazing job conserving water and we ask that you continue to do so.

The October Board Meeting Has Been Canceled

Because we held our annual meeting earlier this month we will not hold our October board meeting on October 16th.

Big thanks, by the way, to those of you who participated in the annual meeting at the Markleeville Library Park on October 2nd.

Our next board meeting will be held on November 20th, at Station 92, on Hot Springs Road.

All Members and Qualified Persons are welcome to attend.

We hope to see you there!

Annual Meeting to Take Place at Library Park on October 2, 2021

Bring those hats, put on some sunscreen and bring those chairs too.

In yet another first for MWC, we’ll have our meeting outside this year at the Markleeville Library Park.

The meeting will start at 10:00 a.m. and we’ll have the agenda posted on our Important Documents page prior.

Highlights of the meeting include:

  • President’s report by Mary Young
    (including an update on the planning grant; and water production and conservation measures)
  • Nominations for, and election of, one (1) Director
    (Steve Hibbs is retiring after many years of service so let’s give him a
    great “send-off”)

All Members and Qualified Persons are welcome to attend.

We hope to see you there!

Hazard Trees to Be Removed From Around the Pleasant Valley Tank

At Markleeville Water Company’s request the Forest Service is removing eight (8) burned trees from around the Pleasant Valley water tank.  If these trees were allowed to remain there is a danger of the trees falling on the tank.  This would put the tank out of service and we estimate it would be well over a year before it could be placed back in service. 

This water tank provides all of Marklee Village and Thornburg subdivisions with drinking water and fire protection. Living without this tank is not an option for us.  These trees truly are a hazard to our water supply and without a water supply we cannot inhabit our homes.

Please do not complain to, or harass the crews doing the tree removal. They are protecting your water supply.

For more information, please email us at markleevillewatercompany@gmail.com.