Lake Tahoe's Environment Improving

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, April 13, 2007

The latest report on the environment at Lake Tahoe shows a number of gains.
Julie Regan, with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, says lake clarity has improved by 8 feet over the past decade:
We know it’s scientifically possible, if we reduce about a third of the pollutants that come into the lake, in about 20 or 30 years, we could achieve lake clarity.
In the ‘60’s, water clarity was about 100 feet deep.  Now Regan says it’s about 72 feet.
She also says improvements were noted in air quality, vegetation, noise reduction and fish and wildlife populations.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is required by law to release a comprehensive environmental report on the lake every 5 years.