Opinion Pieces

Lake Tahoe real estate: Declining Tahoe clarity may harm property values

By Don Kanare & Sabrina Belleci
November 8, 2018

The results of the 2017 clarity report for Lake Tahoe showed that it declined to an all-time low of less than 60 feet.

This should be alarming to Tahoe Basin property owners. It continues a stair-step trend of decreasing lake clarity that started in the 1960s. While Crater Lake in Oregon remains pristine, the dramatic differences in development and road traffic, along with the number of visitors and full-time residents around these two beautiful alpine lakes are the main reasons one stays incredibly clear while the other continues to suffer degradation.

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