Reno’s sweltering summer was a record-breaker, in more ways than one. The average daytime high for June, July and August, what’s known as climatological summer, was 93.6 degrees. … Scientists can separate the heat island effect from global warming by looking at temperatures in rural or less urbanized places, such as the Lake Tahoe basin which, like the planet, is also warming at greater-than-natural rates.
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) will host a public tour to announce the proposed action and public comment period for the Meeks Bay Restoration Project on Oct. 10. The public tour will take place from 2-4 p.m. at Meeks Bay Resort, 7941 Emerald Bay Road in Meeks Bay.
One of Lake Tahoe’s great secrets will be unlocked in two weeks: the sites of more than a dozen sunken vessels in Emerald Bay. California State Parks will open an underwater trail to four sites in Emerald Bay that will lead visitors to a boat graveyard from the 1920s and ’30s — and provide those in boats with a chance to peer down into the lake for a glimpse.
The board of directors for the Nevada Irrigation District on Wednesday approved $346,136 in contracts to begin work to grade a portion of the abandoned Newtown Canal and to install a new trash rack at Combie Dam. The original canal was abandoned when the canal was rerouted to the roadway in a pipeline as part of the controversial Newtown Canal project.
The Spooner Lake back country will be closed for a forest health project. With dense vegetation spanning over 300 acres, the scenic Spooner Lake portion of Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park is increasingly susceptible to environmental disturbances threatening the health of the Tahoe Basin, according to a press release.
From Water | Food | Environment — The Blog of David Guy:
Every year my family looks forward to visiting Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park—where you not only experience the beautiful alpine meadow, but you can also take in one of the wonderful presentations at the Parsons Memorial Lodge.
Long accustomed to dealing with bad news “garbage” bears that become hooked on improperly stored trash at homes and businesses around Lake Tahoe, Nevada wildlife officials say they’re increasingly responding to a new kind of troublemaker they’ve started calling “drought” bears.
A Ghost Ships exhibit at the Tahoe Maritime Museum highlights some of the many underwater stories and secrets Lake Tahoe has harbored, and offers some hints about may what yet be found in her famously clear, cold depths. The exhibit runs through April 2015.
Five hundred million dollars in road and water-quality improvements are underway on the California side of Lake Tahoe. … The new roads are designed to collect storm water and filter out pollution in 30-by-60-foot sand pits.
“Residents were told they could return to some 1,000 mountain homes on the southern end of California’s Sierra Nevada range as firefighters stunted the growth of a wildfire, one of several wildland blazes making problems for western states.”
“A wildfire burning in the Sequoia National Forest in Kern County is expected to expand deeper into the woods Monday, its flames fueled by wind and unseasonably dry conifer trees and grass, officials said.”
From the San Francisco Chronicle, in Tom Stienstra’s Outdoors column:
“One sight that alarmed me last week was at a remote natural spring I’ve returned to many times, where the water is cold and sweet and pumps like a perpetual fountain. From the drought and low snowpack last winter, it was already a trickle. I haven’t seen it go dry, but this could be the year.”
“The Sierra Nevada is rising. Drought-stricken farmers in the Central Valley are pumping more and more water from the valley’s huge aquifer beneath them, and the drainage is triggering unexpected earthquakes along the San Andreas Fault, scientists have discovered.”