“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.”
“On Monday, Nov. 4, regional experts will present information to the public about the impacts of historic mining pollution in our community. Specific sites in Nevada County that will be covered include Hirschman’s Pond, the Deer Creek Tribute Trail bridge site and Lonesome Lake on the San Juan Ridge, according to a news release issued by The Sierra Fund.
“Winter is back at Lake Tahoe — and residents couldn’t be more pleased.
“A winter weather advisory ended at noon Monday for the greater Truckee/Tahoe region, with as much as 6 to 10 inches of snow likely above 7,000 feet, according to the National Weather Service in Reno. Three to 6 inches are possible at lake level.”
“A recent report is aiming to take care of Lake Tahoe’s near shore waters.
“The Lake Tahoe Nearshore Evaluation and Monitoring Framework was designed by the nonprofit organization Desert Research Institute, with University of Nevada, Reno and University of California, Davis researchers, in order to compile existing data and findings about the lake’s near shore water quality.”