In December of 2016, President Obama signed legislation that included the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, authorizing $415 million for restoration, research and aquatic invasive species and wildfire prevention at Lake Tahoe. The Act has been a keystone of the effort to protect and restore Lake Tahoe's clarity. The League strongly supported this legislation, which follows action by California and Nevada to renew their commitment to cooperation on Lake Tahoe's environmental goals, without which continued public funding may have been impossible.
Darcie Goodman Collins, PhD, the League’s executive director, has been traveling to Washington, D.C. for several years in support of the reauthorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, which was championed by Senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid of Nevada and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California.
Leveraged with private investments, the renewed federal funding comes at a critical time as other sources of public funds wind down. The League was instrumental to the passage of the original act in 2000. The funding has been vital to efforts to restore Lake Tahoe’s clarity.
Lake Tahoe's Environmental Improvement Program is one of the most ambitious restoration efforts in the nation. It addresses water quality, air quality, transportation, forest management, recreation and scenic beauty at Lake Tahoe by funding and implementing capital improvement projects targeting these key areas. While improving Lake Tahoe’s legendary clarity is a top concern, the program takes a holistic watershed-based approach to delivering a range of environmentally beneficial projects.
December 2016: League statement on Congress passing the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act
September 2016: Senate approves $415 million Lake Tahoe Restoration Act
The League's 2014 letter to congressional representatives in support of the LTRA
Governor's compromise preserves Tahoe Compact
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