The first phase of the Van Sickle Bi-State Park project in Stateline calls for construction of a parking lot in the wilderness area. Carl Young is with the League to Save Lake Tahoe. He says that construction would generate sediment.
“Then it can end up in small enough particles, actually smaller than the human hair, that end up in the lake and decrease its clarity.”
But Julie Regan with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency says they have a containment system for collecting erosion.
“…to make sure that any runoff from parking facilities is infiltrated therefore cutting back on the amount of pollution that makes its way into Lake Tahoe.”
Environmentalists say they’ll make their case to the California Tahoe Conservancy Board…which is scheduled to make a decision on the project next month.
Officials say the park could be completed next summer.