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Improper Snow Removal Can Be Damaging to Lake Tahoe

TitleImproper Snow Removal Can Be Damaging to Lake Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-10-20
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #42 "Preparing for Snow" (Air date: November 18, 2003). Looks at steps that property owners take in order to prevent dirt, oils and contaminants from draining with melting snow into the Tahoe watershed.
SubjectSnow removal -- Environmental aspects -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationSouth Lake Tahoe (Calif.)
El Dorado County
Lake 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 Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 42 "Preparing for Snow" Air date: 11/18/03 Anchor Intro: The first snows of the season have already fallen, and if you live in snow country now is the time to create a snow removal plan. Shelly Purdy explains in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take Pkg)) ((Nats snow plowing...)) ((Track 1)) It's still early in the season, so there's only a few inches of snow on the ground so far. But, inevitably much more will come, and that means property owners who live in snow country have to find a place to put it all. It's a good idea to create a snow removal plan now?before the heavy snows fall. ((sot @ 6:20 Robert Erlich, California Regional Quality Control Board)) "Ideally you could have some area where you could blow the snow. Have somebody pick up the snow from the paved areas and deposit it either on a vegetated area like this or maybe gravel or something so it can filter it." ((Track 2)) This parking lot in South Lake Tahoe is a perfect example of good use of space for show storage. The snow is plowed from the paved surfaces and deposited on the grass. As it melts the ground acts as a natural filter taking out dirt, oils and contaminants from the water. ((Sot @ 5:22)) "If you had this on a paved area any of the dissolved nutrients and sediment would melt and then go into a storm drain and then you?d need to think about where that would be discharging'some of those discharge to the river and ultimately into the lake." ((Track 3)) And if you don't have a paved driveway or parking area - you need to be especially careful about snow removal. These piles of silt have been created from plowing snow across a dirt parking area. Add snow or rain to these dirt piles and you?ve got a muddy mess. All that mud and dirt could eventually end up in a storm drain or creek and then into the lake. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for kolo News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: If you need help creating a snow removal plan for your property, the California Water Quality Control Board can help. Visit our website for more information.

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