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Tahoe City Sees Drought Effects; Encourages Water Cutbacks

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The boats in the Tahoe City Marina still float many feet above Lake Tahoe's lakeside floor in water clear enough to see the bottom below them. And officials there say while more water would be nice, they are nowhere near concerned about the levels or even about dredging due to the drought. After all there have been a lot of Miracle Marches that have turned drought concerns around in past years.

Those with the Public Utilities District in Tahoe City are also optimistic that things will turn around. But, just in case they are taking some conservation precautions already.

"Because Governor Jerry Brown's request for 20% cutbacks, we are encouraging our residents to do that. And that means all kinds of watering from water use inside homes to lawn watering," says Tony Laliotis, Director of Utilities from the Tahoe City Public Utilities District.

"And we have to be sure to protect the water quality of this lake when the levels fall this low," says Tahoe City PUD Manager Cindy Gustafson. "We pride ourselves on the quality and the clarity of this water and we don't take the idea of dredging and missing up sediment lightly. If it is going to be done it has to be done under tight conditions. And it's expensive. If we were to consider it for the boat ramps or the beaches it wouldn't be until next September, after the recreation system."

For now the rocks and sand at Commons Beach in Tahoe City are dry many yards out into what is usually covered at the Lake.

"It presents some problems for kayakers and for launching small boats, but we're warning folks as they get here of the situation and we really think there's a lot of room for more water here in March."

Written by Erin Breen

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