“The specter of drought looms larger with each passing day, and officials are beginning to fret that a lack of rain in coming days and weeks could have disastrous consequences for the region’s agricultural industry.
“’What I am hearing from our staff is that without additional precipitation, we are looking at a very severe effect,’” said Nick Wilcox, a member of the Nevada Irrigation District board of directors, the water agency that distributes irrigated water to the majority of agricultural producers in Nevada County, and portions of
“The tree-thinning program to reduce fire danger in the Tahoe National Forest is having an unexpected consequence. There are fewer trees for the popular public Christmas tree cutting program and the U.S. Forest Service are handing out fewer permits.”
“Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is asking a federal judge to uphold its Regional Plan Update, the target of a lawsuit by two groups alleging that it fails to protect Lake Tahoe’s sensitive environment.
“The U.S. Department of Interior has just announced nearly $9 million in grants for conservation projects around Lake Tahoe and in Nevada. The money comes from federal land sales, but such funding is quickly disappearing. …
“The TRPA [Tahoe Regional Planning Agency] is highlighting business investment in the environment from plant restoration to storm water management.”
“A renowned conservation biologist who has done research for the Forest Service for more than a decade is suing the agency to try to block logging in the mountains above Lake Tahoe. He says it’s being done illegally under the guise of reducing wildfire threats that don’t exist.”
“It’s a long-awaited sight around here, as welcome as a big snowfall on the ski slopes ringing the lake. Hard hats are swarming over Lake Tahoe’s ‘hole in the ground,’ a vast construction site on Highway 50 that sat dormant for nearly five years. …
“But a massive makeover of Tahoe is years away; redevelopment at the lake usually comes at a glacial pace. The environmental rules are legendary.”
“An abnormally dry year shows every indication of continuing, at least for now, experts said this week.
“The National Weather Service briefed regional water scientists on short and long-term forecasts for the coming winter and after two back-to-back dry winters, nature is still offering few clues as to what this season will bring.”
“Property owners and water customers throughout the Nevada Irrigation District will soon receive letters advising them that NID is considering a five-year financial plan that includes water rate increases.”
“For more than 40 years, scientists have carefully scrutinized the cobalt waters in the middle of Lake Tahoe, documenting a steady and disturbing decline in the lake’s famed clarity. … Now, researchers insist, it’s time to focus the scientific spotlight on parts of the lake closest to shore.
“After years of noncompliance, the water system serving Lake Forest property owners is up to code.
“Last month, the Tahoe City Public Utility District finished replacing the community’s 80-year-old failing water system, including more than 10,000 linear feet of new water lines and 27 new fire hydrants.”
“Nevada Irrigation District has adopted a combined overall 2014 district budget of $60.4 million. The board of directors of the water agency approved the annual budget during its regular October meeting.”
“A consortium of environmental groups condemned the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates two dams on the lower stretches of the Yuba River, for what it deemed to be a surrender of the agency’s responsibilities.”