Whose water is it? Lake Tahoe water levels dropping quickly as demand increases

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South Tahoe Now | Paula Peterson | Jun 8, 2021


Lower lake levels expands a beach face on Tahoe's south shore. Photo: Wendy Hudnall Photography.


LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. - Those watching the level of Lake Tahoe know it is dropping quickly, and it's not just because of a lack of snowfall this year and another year of drought.

Understanding why the lake drops, and who causes it to drop (yes, there is a person - the watermaster), is key to knowing why the lake should be at its natural rim of 6,223 feet above sea level by the beginning of August. As of June 8 the lake is two feet above that rim.

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