Wading into the water along the rocky shore off Aramburu Island in Richardson Bay, Brian Cheng reached 3 feet under water and pulled up an algae-covered rock. “Here we go,” he yelled as he splashed ashore soaking wet and pointed out a tiny snail on the underside of the rock. “And, we got a bonus,” he said, gesturing toward a cluster of yellow gelatinous egg capsules.
With smoke pooling in the Tahoe Basin, members of Congress from Nevada, California, and Alaska took the stage at Sand Harbor on Tuesday for the 22nd annual Lake Tahoe Summit. While the representatives touched on a number of issues regarding Tahoe and the importance of public-private sponsorships in the fight to preserve and restore the lake, there would be no ignoring the affects of the largest fire in California state history as the members of Congress stood in front of a lake clouded by haze.
Both physically and rhetorically, wildfires dominated this year’s Tahoe Summit. Physically, smoke from some of the largest and deadliest wildfires in California history hazed-over the normally stellar view from Nevada’s Sand Harbor State Park, where the 22nd edition of the summit was held.
Agencies from San Joaquin and Contra Costa counties to NASA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture formed an invasive-weed task force seeking holistic, more comprehensive solutions to free the Delta from its oppressors.
“Species of plants and animals are becoming extinct at least 1,000 times faster than they did before humans arrived on the scene, and the world is on the brink of a sixth great extinction, a new study says.”
From the Lake Tahoe News, in a commentary by Joanne Marchetta:
“When the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and partner agencies started inspecting Lake Tahoe watercraft in 2008, all we knew was that we needed to protect our waters from the growing threats of aquatic invasive species. We took the necessary steps, but did not know then that the watercraft inspection program would one day help protect other water bodies as well.
“A mandatory boat inspection program continues to pay dividends for Lake Tahoe, a conservation agency said, as 36 boats harboring invasive plants, mussels and snails were prevented from entering the lake in 2013.”