Preventing a bridge over Emerald Bay is how it all started
For 65 years, the League has worked to protect and preserve Lake Tahoe. We’re proud to share our achievements with our supporters who made them possible.
Six decades of preservation
Important legal precedent set in court victory against Martis Valley West development project
Developers are deemed accountable for impacts to Tahoe, even if projects are located beyond the Basin, thanks to the League’s legal action.2021
Aquatic invasive species detection net expanded with surveys of eight Truckee water bodies
Eyes on the Lake volunteers scouted the lakes and ponds to identify infestations and prevent cross-contamination.2021
Proposed development on sensitive ridgeline replaced by U.S. Forest Service property acquisition
League advocacy pushed a property owner to abandon development plans at Brockway Summit and agree to sell 120 acres into conservation.2021
Bolstered containment of aquatic invasive weeds in the Tahoe Keys
Helped develop, fund and implement double bubble curtains in the only two outlets connecting the Keys to the Lake.2021
Advanced a solution for traffic-related pollution
Provided funding for continuing service of the TART Connect microtransit program on the north and west shores.2021
Research into the impacts of wildfire smoke and ash
Funded rapid response scientific research on the effects of smoke and ash on Tahoe’s waters with UNR and DRI.
Cutting through bureaucracy to advance ecosystem restoration
Co-led an initiative with the CA Secretary of Natural Resources to “cut the green tape” that delays critical restoration projects.2020
Removing Tahoe’s largest invasive weed infestation
Kickstarted removal of 100+ acres of weeds outside the Tahoe Keys through initial funding and continued fundraising.2020
Lake-friendly enhancements for Tahoe South Event Center
Successfully advocated for a parking management plan for the casino core and a south shore microtransit program.2020
First-ever detection of microplastics in Lake Tahoe
Pipe Keepers citizen scientists gathered data that led to the discovery by the Desert Research Institute.
League awarded Platinum Seal of Transparency from Guidestar
Earned the nonprofit watchdog’s recognition for sharing the metrics that matter most to our supporters and donors.
Lake-friendly bike & scooter share service expanded
After Lime’s successful 2017 pilot, the service expanded on the south shore thanks to League advocacy.2018
Shoreline Plan approved
Steered the creation and passage of a plan to enhance recreation, protect the environment and plan for the future.2018
“Styrofoam” ban goes into effect on the south shore
Used data gathered at community cleanups to convince the City of South Lake Tahoe to ban polystyrene.2018
Voters approve Prop 68, sending $27 million to Tahoe for environmental projects
Advanced a successful California campaign to pass an initiative that delivered funds for Tahoe restoration.2018
Loop Road – US 50 / South Shore Revitalization Project
Ensured the project must meet requirements to reduce traffic, restore the environment and improve transportation.
South Lake Tahoe becomes first city in the nation to host dockless bikeshare
Worked closely with Lime and the City to usher in a Lake-friendly, alternative mode of transportation.
Eyes on the Lake Survey of the Upper Truckee River
Led an aquatic invasive species survey that laid the ground work for a large-scale restoration of the Upper Truckee Marsh.2016
Tahoe residents and visitors empowered to preserve the Lake with Citizen Science Tahoe app
After UC Davis launched the app in 2015, the League helped expand the project’s citizen science data gathering.
Tahoe Blue Schools expands, citizen science programs grow
Programs to educate Tahoe’s youth and engage the public in preservation grew to reach thousands of community members.
$600,000 to tackle invasive species
Advocated to secure funding through CA Senate Bill 630 for invasive species monitoring and control projects.
Preserving the 1969 bi-state Tahoe Compact and unified protection for the Lake
Advocated for CA and NV to reaffirm their commitment to abide by mutual environmental goals and policies protecting the Lake.2013
Volunteer citizen science program launched – Eyes on the Lake
Alongside the Tahoe AIS Program, created a system to train and enlist the public to help report aquatic weeds.2013
Plastic grocery bags banned in South Lake Tahoe
Used data gathered at community cleanups to convince the City of South Lake Tahoe to ban plastic bags.
Bi-state working group helps strengthen and pass new Tahoe Regional Plan
Helped ensure rules to protect Tahoe from development were included in the long-delayed Regional Plan update.2012
Volunteer citizen science program launched – Pipe Keepers
Created to monitor water quality and draw awareness to stormwater pollution flowing from pipes into the Lake.2012
League prevails in shorezone appeal – requires TRPA to curb boat pollution from illegal buoys
The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeal agreed with the League, holding TRPA to account and preventing environmental impacts.2012
League scores court victory halting dangerous precedent on subdivisions at Tahoe
A successful federal appeal closed a potential loophole that would have allowed large lots to be subdivided and developed.
Tahoe Keepers launches online tool to help prevent invasive species introductions
The League planned and implemented outreach for watercraft “clean, drain, dry” education campaign to avoid new infestations.2011
Upholding Tahoe’s two-stroke jet ski ban
Prevented a TRPA code change that would have ended the rule from slipping through the cracks, fulfilling our watchdog role.
Protecting Tahoe’s shoreline – Judicial decision sets high standard for regulators
Sued TRPA to ensure Tahoe’s environment is properly protected before allowing new piers, buoys or moorings.2010
Reducing pollution by establishing Tahoe’s “Total Maximum Daily Load”
Advocated to keep strong protections for Lake Tahoe in the TMDL, which sets limits on different pollution sources.2010
Aspen forest restoration
Developed a plan to mitigate infrastructure construction impacts and restore 60 acres of aspen groves on the south shore.2010
Sandy Beach lawsuit settlement
Prevented a sprawling ‘redevelopment’ project from turning a campground into luxury timeshares.2010
Kings Beach roadway reduction and traffic improvements
Collaborated to advocate for a three-lane roadway and roundabouts to replace a larger paved footprint and traffic lights.
Shaping the $415 million Lake Tahoe Restoration Act reauthorization
Promoted changes that restrict mining and committed USFS to achieve Tahoe environmental goals.
Creating Tahoe’s boat inspection program to fend off invasive species
Pushed for creation of Tahoe’s innovative and hugely successful boat inspection stations to prevent new invasive species introductions.
Angora Fire restoration – Tahoe Forest Stewardship Days
For two years, organized hundreds of volunteers to help restore the Angora Fire burn scar.2007
League celebrates 50th anniversary2017
Lawmakers recognize League’s 50 years of achievements in environmental preservation
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rep. John Garamendi commended the League for its dedication and success.2007
Celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the 1997 Tahoe Presidential Forum
Co-sponsored an event attended by former Pres. Clinton, Maj. Leader Harry Reid, Sens. Dianne Feinstein and John Ensign.2007
Heavenly Mountain Resort drops plan to cut down old growth trees
Pressured the resort to abandon a new chairlift project and preserve a rare stand of old growth trees.
$300 million in federal funds for restoration – Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act
Advocated for an amendment permitting $300 million from the sale of public lands to support restoration at Lake Tahoe.2004
Supporting research and education – Tahoe Environmental Research Center opens its doors
Donated the first $100,000 in 1995 to support the founding and construction of the center’s home in Incline Village.
Protecting Tahoe’s watershed with a victory in Meiss Meadows
Convinced the Forest Service to end cattle grazing in Meiss Meadows, the southernmost tip of the Lake Tahoe watershed.
Lake Tahoe Restoration Act passed – $300 million boost for environmental improvements
Worked closely with Tahoe’s delegation to pass the first LTRA, authorizing federal funding for the Environmental Improvement Program.
Two-stroke jet skis banned at Tahoe, protecting water quality and enforcing noise standards
Led the campaign to ban two-stroke jet skis on Lake Tahoe, sparking an industry-wide move to cleaner engines.1999
U.S. EPA recognizes the League with its Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award
Awarded to the Lake Tahoe Water Quality Coalition, including the League and local business leaders.
California Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award
Awarded to the Lake Tahoe Water Quality Coalition, co-founded by the League, for forging an impactful environmental-economic partnership.
U.S. EPA Certificate of Appreciation
Awarded to the League “in recognition of commitment to the protection and restoration of the nation’s water resources.”1997
Start of Environmental Improvement Program, a framework to bring billions in funding to Tahoe
Advocated, lobbied and collaborated to bring national attention to Tahoe’s environmental challenges, resulting in the EIP.1997
First Lake Tahoe Presidential Summit
Brought international attention to Tahoe by helping orchestrate a visit by President Clinton and Vice President Gore.
Establishing urban growth boundaries to protect Tahoe’s sensitive lands and watershed
Thwarted a proposal to expand developable areas and established the principle that urban growth should be geographically constrained.
Strengthening Tahoe’s 1984 Regional Plan
After numerous legal interventions, the League shaped the Regional Plan with tougher controls on new development.
$85 million in bond funds to protect sensitive Tahoe lands
Organized a successful statewide campaign that delivered funding for the CA Tahoe Conservancy to acquire and preserve Tahoe lands.
Updated Tahoe Regional Planning Compact bolsters planning and protection for Tahoe’s environment
Succeeded in including provisions to increase environmental safeguards and ban new casinos and subdivisions.
Halting casino growth, reining in development and empowering environmental regulation
Litigated, lobbied and collaborated to control development, limit casino expansion and empower the TRPA.
Replacing unchecked development with uniform planning and regulation – creation of TRPA
The bi-state Tahoe Regional Planning Compact created the agency charged with slowing urbanization and enacting environmental standards.1969
Uniting two states, five counties and one city for preservation of Lake Tahoe
Led the push in CA and NV, and advocated in Washington D.C. for creation of a bi-state compact to coordinate regulation across all Basin jurisdictions.1969
Preventing sewage dumping – passage of the Porter Cologne Water Quality Control Act
Helped pass the law mandating that all treated sewage and wastewater must be exported out of the Basin.
Stopping Tahoe from becoming a “city with a hole in the middle”
Prevented construction of a bridge over Emerald Bay and killed an urbanization plan that would have brought 750,000 full time residents to Tahoe.
Tackle Invasive SpeciesProtecting Tahoe from invasive weeds means putting ground zero for the Lake’s infestation - the Tahoe Keys - in check.Learn More
Combat PollutionOur Blue Crew is creating a litter-free Tahoe, one adopted area at a time.Learn More
Advance RestorationSince 1997, we’ve led Tahoe’s largest volunteer restoration event - Tahoe Forest Stewardship Days.Learn More