“The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Stormwater Management Program has announced the launch of a new Lake-Friendly Business Program designed to encourage Tahoe businesses to complete and maintain their Best Management Practices.”
“On the shore of Sand Harbor Beach two weeks ago, state and federal lawmakers joined former Vice President Al Gore to celebrate modest improvements in Lake Tahoe’s clarity over the last two years and to laud the “cooperation” between California and Nevada toward ensuring the lake’s future.
“Lost amid the pomp and circumstance of the 17th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, however, is the fact that due to recent actions by the very politicians who praised one another in Incline Village, Tahoe’s future is now murky at best.”
“The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Truckee Carson Irrigation District, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the completion of Lake Tahoe Dam with a ceremony held at the dam at noon on Friday, Aug. 30.
“The celebration began with welcoming remarks by Kenneth Parr, Reclamation; Cindy Gustafson, Tahoe City Public Utility District; and Herman Fillmore, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
“A wildfire erupts on the western flanks of the Sierra Nevada and Gov. Jerry Brown declares a state of emergency for San Francisco because of the threat to the city’s power and water. Traveling 150 miles in the opposite direction, smoke has made the air in Reno unhealthy to breathe.
From the Tahoe Daily Tribune and Sierra Sun, a commentary by Cindy Gustafson, general manager of Tahoe City Public Utility District:
“As we prepare to celebrate 150 years of Tahoe City and 75 years of Tahoe City Public Utility District this Labor Day weekend, we have reflected on what brought our forefathers and mothers to settle here.
“The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Truckee Carson Irrigation District, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the completion of Lake Tahoe Dam by holding a ceremony on Friday, August 30, 2013, from noon to 2 p.m.
“Several regional conservation groups sharing a similar vision have come together to strengthen opposition to various environmental laws that members say will ruin Lake Tahoe’s future.
“The ad hoc Coalition to Protect Lake Tahoe includes the Sierra Club, Friends of the West Shore, Friends of Tahoe Vista, North Tahoe Citizen Action Alliance, North Tahoe Preservation Alliance, Washoe Meadows Community and Earthjustice.”
“Officials in Grass Valley are looking to the state for help on costly water-handling mandates they say will impact customers and dampen development.
“In February, Grass Valley’s state-issued water standards were increased so that the city falls in line with the expectations and requirements of much larger, more dense urban areas, said Grass Valley’s Public Works Director and City Engineer Tim Kiser.”
“A federal proposal to make the Sierra Nevada as comfortable as possible for some of their rarest amphibian inhabitants has stirred a backlash from business owners over the economic pain it could cause the region’s recreation industry.
“Many opponents worry the proposal would do more to protect frogs and toads than nonnative trout — a top tourist draw in mountain resort communities where cash registers ring up purchases by vacationers, hikers and fishing enthusiasts this time of year.”
“Nevada County’s law enforcement and environmental health officials usually are the only ones to see first-hand the devastation wrought by Mexican cartels that grow marijuana in remote, rugged areas that are rarely visited by the public.
“A recent raid on such a grow on private land near Bowman Lake was a near-perfect example of the undesirable impacts such operations can have on the county’s vital watersheds.”
“The proliferation of marijuana grows in Nevada County and the rest of California harms the environment — and in extreme cases, presents a significant health and safety risk to the general public, according to public officials and scientists.”