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Pathway 2007: Creating a Shared Vision for Lake Tahoe

TitlePathway 2007: Creating a Shared Vision for Lake Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-01-11
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #143 - "Pathway 2007: Creating a Shared Vision for Lake Tahoe" (Air Date: Nov. 14, 2005).
SubjectTahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.) -- Economics conditions
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 143 - Today's article, the second in a series of four, examines the "desired conditions" for transportation, recreation and socioeconomics in the Tahoe Basin as part of Pathway 2007. Pathway 2007 is a partnership between four public agencies at Lake Tahoe to create a vision for Lake Tahoe's future. Lake Tahoe Basin planning officials of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the USDA Forest Service, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection are engaging the public in a unique process that will guide the land management, resource management, and environmental planning and regulations for the next 20 years or more. Desired Conditions under Discussion A desired condition is a vision of the future essentially, what our collective goals are aiming toward. As part of the Pathway 2007 planning process, these desired conditions should reflect what the public wants to see, what resource specialists see as achievable and measurable, and the requirements of federal and state laws for the environment. The proposed desired conditions for the natural and human environments of the Lake Tahoe Basin represent the first stage of the Pathway 2007 planning process. The Pathway 2007 Evaluation Report, available at, is intended to initiate a dialog between the public and the Pathway 2007 agencies. A citizen's advisory committee called the Pathway Forum is a critical link for gathering and sharing public input. The evaluation report was prepared using information from public meetings, surveys, as well as input from technical working groups. Through this dialog, the draft desired conditions, indicators and standards will be refined over time. Pathway 2007 represents an unprecedented amount of public involvement at Lake Tahoe. Collaboration is often challenging and controversial. Disagreements are part of the process. For example, the discussions about transportation have highlighted the range of opinions about how best to measure improvements in our transportation system at the lake. The need for better transportation data is clear and local agencies are addressing this need. The public has repeatedly stressed the need to resolve traffic, parking and transit challenges at Lake Tahoe. How can we offer more options for people to get to Tahoe and then once here, move around better? How can we make Lake Tahoe more pedestrian friendly? These are questions being tackled by the Pathway Forum and Pathway agencies. It is important to note that no final decisions have been made by the Pathway Forum or Pathway public agencies. Committees and working groups will be busy over the next three months before official recommendations will come from the Forum to agency decision makers. Recreation is a Hot Topic The desired conditions in the chapter on recreation describe a future in which Lake Tahoe remains an outstanding recreation destination. It addresses the desire for increased shoreline access, and foresees opportunities to increase awareness and education to help manage recreation impacts. Both the agency planners and the Forum members recognize the inevitable increases in recreation, the need to manage recreation and its impacts, and the relationship of recreation to the economy and the Tahoe lifestyle. The Pathway Forum members had a robust discussion over the subject of recreation and the need for more work by the technical working groups and Pathway partners. The Economy and our Quality of Life The chapter on Socioeconomics defines the desired condition of a healthy economy with sustainable employment and earnings opportunities, workforce housing for a greater number of employees, pedestrian-friendly town centers, and stable, socially cohesive communities. The "triple bottom line" model is being discussed in this context—the idea is that public policy decisions should be made in ways that create wealth for the environment, the economy, and the community. These are the measures of our quality of life. With this recognition of the interdependency of a healthy environment and the regional economy, the socioeconomics proposals call for a balanced regulatory framework with consistency from agency to agency for the public, including project applicants and others. The Forum discussed the need for reasonable regulations that do not have negative unintended consequences for small and local businesses. The socioeconomics section of the report does not propose social or economic standards, but does propose "indicators" or well established ways of measuring important social and economic trends. Information on trends can significantly inform and educate agency decision makers as to the effects of decisions. Pathway 2007 is an effort to ensure coordination between different public agencies and to share resources and expertise while inviting public participation. Working together, the goal for 2007 is to have each agency plan complete and ready for approval, and to be consistent with one another. To make your voice heard, please get involved. You can learn how by visiting the website at The Draft Evaluation Report is only a starting place for public dialog and refinement. The next Pathway 2007 meeting will focus on water quality and soils coverage. The meeting is scheduled for November 17 at the Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe.

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