New Report Shows Lake Tahoe Got Murkier Last Year

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Bert Johnson | Jun 18, 2020


The most recent clarity figures from Lake Tahoe show that climate change is affecting the Lake's famous blue waters. Photo: UC Davis.


Lake Tahoe is famous for its bright blue water. But according to scientists, the lake’s clarity is under threat.

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center publishes a report on the clarity of Lake Tahoe every year.

Their findings for 2019 are out now – and it’s not good news.

The average visible depth for last year declined nearly eight feet from the year before.

Jesse Patterson is chief strategy officer for the League to Save Lake Tahoe. He said the blueness of the water is a reflection of the clarity because the deeper sunlight can penetrate the bluer the water looks.

Listen to the full interview.
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