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Lake Tahoe's Future Depends on You -- Top 10 Ways to Save Lake Tahoe

TitleLake Tahoe's Future Depends on You -- Top 10 Ways to Save Lake Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-03-07
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #111 - "Top 10 Ways to Save Lake Tahoe" (air date: 4/5/2005). Julie Regan from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) the top 10 things you can do to help protect the lake.
SubjectWater quality -- Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
Water quality management -- Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A111: Ten Things to Save Lake Tahoe Air Date: 4/5/05 Suggested Tease (none on tape): The big agencies like the TRPA are spending millions of dollars to save Lake Tahoe. But believe it or not, there are some simple things you can do to help. In tonight's Lake Tahoe report, Shelly Purdy will tell you ten things anyone can do to save Lake Tahoe. Anchor Intro: The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency has a fact sheet that lists 25 ways to save Lake Tahoe. There's a lot of good information on that fact sheet, but with the help of the experts from the TRPA, we've narrowed that list down to the top ten. Shelly Purdy has them all in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((TAKE PKG)) ((Track 1)) Many of the items on our top ten list apply to property owners at Lake Tahoe. Since we know that soil erosion is one of the leading causes of clarity loss in the lake, keeping soil from eroding off your property is one of the best ways to help save Lake Tahoe. ((sot @ 8:47 Julie Regan, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "If you're a homeowner, you can install what are celled Best Management Practices. We call them BMPs for short. Very simple things like planting native vegetation, native drought tolerant plants.." ((Track 2)) …The idea is to cover up bare soil. Plants hold the soil in place and keep erosion in check. Pine needles and mulches are also a great way to hold down dirt. And, if you have a dirt driveway…pave it. Believe it or not, pavement can actually be a good thing when it comes to erosion. Dirt driveways are bad because when you drive on them, you track mud and dirt onto the roadways. That dirt often ends up right in the lake. ((sot @ 9:27)) "Also, just doing simple things about being aware of where you wash your car. How much fertilizer you p9int on your car. Again, these are things related to being a resident here." ((track 3)) But what if you don't live here? And, you just like to come up and visit? There are plenty of things visitors can do to help. When you're out hiking in the backcountry…stay on the trail. Cutting trails disturbs the soil adding to erosion. When you're out on the water, use the local pump stations to gas-up your boat and dispose of your waste. Dumping into the lake is strictly forbidden. And when you're out on the road, why not take the bus or ride a bike. Reducing the number of cars on the road helps alleviate congestion and helps preserve the air. ((Sot @ 10:48)) "Every person can make a difference to help save Lake Tahoe. It won't happen unless we as individuals work together." ((Track 4)) With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: If you'd like to see the complete list of 25 things you can do to save Lake Tahoe, visit our website at where you'll find a link to the TRPA's website.

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