Nevada and California Lawmakers Meet For Lake Tahoe Summit
The Lake Tahoe Summit focuses on state and local efforts that help to keep the lake beautiful and blue. Bipartisan support comes from republicans and democrats alike from Nevada and California.
The 22nd annual Lake Tahoe Summit is in the books. The Lake Tahoe Summit focuses on state and local efforts that help to keep the lake beautiful and blue. Bipartisan support comes from republicans and democrats alike from Nevada, California and even as far as Alaska.
“The fact that we can bring everyone together once a year to talk about this lake, and the importance of it, and what's necessary to protect it, I think speaks volumes,” says Nevada Senator Dean Heller.
But there's no doubt that there are issues that plague the lake. Just last month, researchers at UC Davis unveiled that Tahoe’s clarity in 2017 was the lowest they've ever seen. However, there are many efforts in place to bring the crystal clear water back to what it once was.
“The scientists are key to telling us what we need to continue to preserve and protect the lake,” says Nevada Senator Catherine Cortez Masto,
For years, boat inspections have continued to prevent any new invasive species from finding their way into the lake. Plus projects like the SR-28 shared use path are helping to reduce fuel emissions and runoff. Also, the Alert Tahoe fire cameras will be improving, helping firefighters respond to fires in the basin quicker than ever.
“If they don't use the camera's, there's a lot of guess work or delay,” says Graham Kent, Director of the Nevada Seismological Lab.
Both Senator Heller and Senator Cortez Masto are hopeful that the house will do as the senate did, and pass legislation that will provide additional environmental funding to Lake Tahoe.