“Nearly all of the 150 people who work for the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit were furloughed from work Tuesday and, if the federal government does not come out of its shutdown, will not return today.”
“In 2011, fueled by pro-development and business interests, the state of Nevada passed legislation intended aimed at ending what many saw as a blissful, decades-old union with California — the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. …
“Almost as long as California and Nevada have shared Lake Tahoe’s pricey shoreline, the two states have harbored competing visions of how best to prosper from the region’s stunning natural beauty while preserving the lake’s deep-azure color and remarkable clarity. …
“The passage of the California bill was the final step that ended years of hard bargaining over future development in the region.
“Gov. Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 165 last Friday, which repealed an existing law that banned the sale or purchase of crawfish taken from Lake Tahoe. … Before anglers can start trolling the California side of the lake, the Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations that govern the commercial take of crayfish must be re-written.
“The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Stormwater Management Program has announced the launch of a new Lake-Friendly Business Program designed to encourage Tahoe businesses to complete and maintain their Best Management Practices.”
“On the shore of Sand Harbor Beach two weeks ago, state and federal lawmakers joined former Vice President Al Gore to celebrate modest improvements in Lake Tahoe’s clarity over the last two years and to laud the “cooperation” between California and Nevada toward ensuring the lake’s future.
“Lost amid the pomp and circumstance of the 17th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit, however, is the fact that due to recent actions by the very politicians who praised one another in Incline Village, Tahoe’s future is now murky at best.”
“The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Truckee Carson Irrigation District, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the completion of Lake Tahoe Dam with a ceremony held at the dam at noon on Friday, Aug. 30.
“The celebration began with welcoming remarks by Kenneth Parr, Reclamation; Cindy Gustafson, Tahoe City Public Utility District; and Herman Fillmore, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California.
“A wildfire erupts on the western flanks of the Sierra Nevada and Gov. Jerry Brown declares a state of emergency for San Francisco because of the threat to the city’s power and water. Traveling 150 miles in the opposite direction, smoke has made the air in Reno unhealthy to breathe.
From the Tahoe Daily Tribune and Sierra Sun, a commentary by Cindy Gustafson, general manager of Tahoe City Public Utility District:
“As we prepare to celebrate 150 years of Tahoe City and 75 years of Tahoe City Public Utility District this Labor Day weekend, we have reflected on what brought our forefathers and mothers to settle here.
“The Bureau of Reclamation, in partnership with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Truckee Carson Irrigation District, will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the completion of Lake Tahoe Dam by holding a ceremony on Friday, August 30, 2013, from noon to 2 p.m.