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Good Snow Removal Practices Can Help Prevent Pollution at the Lake

TitleGood Snow Removal Practices Can Help Prevent Pollution at the Lake
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-02
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #5 - "Winter Snow Removal" (Air Date: March 4, 2003). John Cobourn from the University of Nevada Reno's Cooperative Extension program offers advice on how to create a snow removal and storage plan.
SubjectSnow removal --Tahoe, Lake, Region (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 Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 5 - Air Date: March 4 ((ANCHOR INTRO)) Mother Nature has been fickle this winter bringing us a less than ideal snowpack. But when the snow does fall, we've got to put it somewhere. In this week's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy explains why removing snow the right way can make such a big difference. ((TAKE PKG)) ((Track 1)) The best way to deal with snow is to plan for it before it falls. Than means setting-up your driveway and yard to be prepared to handle whatever snow does come. Take a good look at your property and develop a snow removal storage plan. ((SOT Tahoe Tape 5 @ 18:19 John Cobourn, UNR Cooperative Extension)) "One of the things we really want to do is put the store it in a place where when it does melt, it's not gonna carry that dirt directly into a stream or even into a roadside ditch which of course is gonna lead to a stream." ((Track 2)) Because all that sediment and dirt that gets carried by melting snow into area streams eventually dumps right into Lake Tahoe. That includes storm drains and roadside ditches... whatever goes into them flows untreated directly to the lake. ((SOT Tahoe Tape 5 @ 20:30 John Cobourn)) "One of the major sources of pollution for Lake Tahoe is our urban areas. Our residences, our streets, our roadside ditches." ((Track 3)) So, instead of plowing a dirty pile of snow into a ditch or even worse, next to a stream, find a better place for it. Somewhere that as it melts the soil underneath can absorb all the dirt and grime the snow leaves behind. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for News Channel 8. ((ANCHOR TAG/STILL STORE)) Fore more information about snow removal tips at Lake Tahoe or in your community, go to our website at and look for the Lake Tahoe Report icon. Next week on the Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly will tackle the issue of air pollution and how what comes from the air affects the quality of the water in the lake.

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