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League Determined to Keep Tahoe Blue

TitleLeague Determined to Keep Tahoe Blue
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-01-11
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #136 - "League Determined to Keep Tahoe Blue" (Air Date: September 26, 2005).
SubjectLeague to Save Lake Tahoe
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
RelationWindows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 136 - Whether you live in the Tahoe Basin or are just visiting, you have probably seen the popular "Keep Tahoe Blue" bumper stickers. "Keep Tahoe Blue" is actually the slogan for a local environmental advocacy group, the League to Save Lake Tahoe. The League, as it is locally known, is a private nonprofit organization with more than 5, 000 members who advocate for the protection and restoration of Lake Tahoe. Since 1957, the League has worked to protect the public interest and conserve this extraordinary natural resource. In its natural state, Lake Tahoe was blue and beautiful, clear and deep, "the fairest picture the whole earth affords, " according to Mark Twain. The League is concerned about how human actions are affecting its future. Excessive development, traffic congestion, polluted runoff, and unhealthy forests all threaten Tahoe's water quality and scenic beauty. The mission of the League is to protect and restore the environmental quality, scenic beauty, and low-impact recreational opportunities of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The League has an impressive record of accomplishment. In its early years, the League fought efforts to build two bands of freeways around the lake and a bridge over the mouth of Emerald Bay. They were also instrumental in the creation of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and the development of a regional plan for the area. Since then, the League has become a watchdog of the Tahoe Basin environment. The League believes that it is the responsibility of the current generation to preserve the beauty and environmental health of Lake Tahoe for future generations. The League is involved in Pathway 2007 planning efforts in the basin and insists that long-term economic health is dependent on effective environmental protection. The League is fighting efforts to expand Tahoe's urban boundaries in order to prevent urban sprawl from consuming more of the area's forests and wetlands. The League insists that residential and business development must be carefully regulated to prevent excessive damage to the ecosystem and to avoid exacerbating Tahoe's traffic problems. The League is also currently pressing the TRPA to limit new development in Lake Tahoe's sensitive shorezone until environmental improvement programs are tested and proven to effectively mitigate the additional pollution that would be permitted. In addition, the League has helped build public support for conservation of the Tahoe Basin, bring science into public decision-making, and build consensus among business and government leaders in support of protecting and restoring Lake Tahoe The League also promotes careful planning of restoration projects. They work to educate decision-makers at all levels of government and within the private sector to build consensus on restoration plans and to secure funding for important projects, such as land conservation, wetlands restoration, forest ecosystem restoration, and the development of transportation solutions. The League also works to protect Tahoe's watershed through its community organizing and public outreach and education program. They recognize that the people who live, work, play, and manage land in the Lake Tahoe Basin need to be actively involved for conservation to succeed. The League wants people to have the tools they need to become conservation activists and good stewards of their own land. In addition to the free environmental information center at its South Lake Tahoe office, the League encourages stewardship of land by involving the community in volunteer programs. The League's primary volunteer events include an annual beach clean-up, storm drain stenciling, and Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day, which was held this year in collaboration with the Washoe Tribe in Meeks Bay. For more information on volunteering or becoming a member of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, call their information center, (530) 541-5388, visit, or e-mail

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