The Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of was set to allocate the exact same dollar amount for similar purposes but never made it up for vote, despite a coterie of legislators including Reid, Feinstein and Heller pledging support at the annual Tahoe Summit in August That year, deficit hawks were rabid to cut spending as the Great Recession continued to rage; the bill never made it out of committee in either house.
In , then-President Bill Clinton visited Lake Tahoe to discuss his environmental agenda as well as ecological problems unique to the Basin, including the much-publicized decline in water clarity. Money has also been used to enhance recreational amenities at Tahoe, such as funding in the construction of the Heavenly Gondola and village and the Sand Harbor Visitor Center. For Collins, the passage of this bill is not simply a sign that the federal government is willing to undertake a new commitment to the Lake Tahoe Basin, but will also follow through on the one it made about 20 years ago.
To ensure this investment is not for nothing is one of main reasons the law should be renewed. Far upstream of the marsh, the United States Forest Service and other agencies used federal dollars to conduct a restoration project aimed at reducing erosion, rebuilding a meadow and improving fish habitat. The work, performed on a major reach of the Upper Truckee, was aimed at addressing the overarching goal of reducing the amount of sediment the largest tributary in the Basin contributes to The Lake.
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If the river is not rechanneled so it flows through the filtration system presented by the marsh ecosystem, the gains achieved by the first project are left unrealized. The following is a representative list of practices and treatment options that responsible parties might use to meet the Clarity Challenge load reductions by , and ultimately achieve the TMDL by Many of these practices are already in use by responsible parties, and an enhanced level of effort may further reduce sediment and nutrient discharges to Lake Tahoe.
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In the future, technological advances may add other actions to the list. This list is not intended to be final.
Implementing agencies may select other actions to achieve required load reductions. The Lake Clarity Crediting Program establishes the framework that connects on-the-ground actions to the goal of restoring Lake Tahoe clarity.
It defines a comprehensive and consistent accounting system to track pollutant load reductions from urban stormwater. Adjustments may be triggered by changing political or economic environments, new scientific findings, input from TMDL stakeholders, or unforeseen future conditions caused by climatic, geologic or wildfire events. The EIP includes hundreds of specific projects and programs undertaken by more than 50 funding partners, including federal, state, and local agencies and the private sector. The projects have been focused on improving air, water, and scenic quality, forest health, fish and wildlife, and public access to the lake and other recreation areas.
The prime directive of the EIP is to move the Tahoe Basin closer to attaining these environmental goals.
The EIP Project Tracker provides information on EIP projects and expenditures, funding sources, and performance, as well as an annually-updated list of projects slated for implementation in the next five years. The partnership is now implementing a Nearshore Resource Allocation Plan to guide future research and monitoring.
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