37-Million to Protect Lake Tahoe
U-S Interior Secretary Gale Norton is designating 37-Million dollars for projects aimed at protecting Lake Tahoe.
Thursday, August 5, 2004
The money comes from government land sales in Southern Nevada. The U-S Environmental Protection Agency also announced a one-Million dollar grant for new technology to control pollution at the lake. Spokeswoman Laura Gentile (gen-TILL-ay) says the money will be used to restore the lake’s clarity. We’re seeing problems such as air pollution, storm water runoff that’s polluted and erosion and one thing that we’re going to do with the money is to try to find the connection between the air pollution and what’s being deposited in the lake. The federal funding also includes 3-Million dollars earmarked to reduce fire risks around the scenic lake. Officials attending yesterday’s annual Lake Tahoe forum in Incline Village said fire is the most immediate threat to the Tahoe basin, made worse by years of drought, diseased trees and overgrown forests. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.