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Take Steps to Control Air Pollution at Lake Tahoe

TitleTake Steps to Control Air Pollution at Lake Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment # 6 - "Reducing Air Pollution" (Air Date: March 11, 2003). Heather Segale from the the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, and John Cobourn from the University of Nevada at Reno Cooperative Extension discuss how regional air pollution contributes to Lake Tahoe's water pollution problem.
SubjectAir -- Pollution -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
Air -- Pollution -- Environmental aspects --Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
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 Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 6 - Air Date: March 11 ((ANCHOR INTRO)) Air pollution is not only an ugly blight in the sky, it can have wide ranging effects on our health, the environment and overall quality of life. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes a look at how air pollution is actually contributing to the water pollution problem in Lake Tahoe. ((TAKE PKG)) ((Track 1)) Air pollution is easy to see?it's that ugly brown haze that hangs in the sky. It comes from a variety of sources? from autos, wood stoves, and sometimes from prescribed burns for hazard fuels reduction. ((SOT tape 6 @ 12:59 Heather Segale, Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition)) "When it comes to the prescribed fire, it's a delicate balance because those fires, those controlled burns can cause air quality problems, but it's a trade off in order to protect the forest for future generations. We need to go ahead and clean those forests out and do those prescribed burns." NATS - cars on roadway ((STANDUP tape 6 @ 29:07 Shelly Purdy)) "One of the biggest causes of air pollution here at Tahoe and elsewhere around the country is automobile exhaust. So, take a minute to think about your car and how you use it." ((Track 2)) Consider using public transportation and limit the amount of trips you take in your car....Because the problem with air pollution is what goes up eventually comes right back down. ((SOT tape 5 @ 29:49 John Cobourn, UNR Cooperative Extension)) "When you actually see it on days there's a haze over the lake, some of that is actually going to settle out. It's going to fall by gravity into the lake." ((Track 3)) So, all those particles that once clouded the sky are going to instead cloud the lake. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for News Channel 8. ((ANCHOR TAG/STILL STORE)) Another thing you can do to reduce air pollution is to change your old woorburning stove with a clean burning gas fireplace or insert. Fore more information on air pollution's effects at Lake Tahoe visit our website at and go to the links page. In next week's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly takes a look at efforts underway to reverse the downward spiral of pollution at Lake Tahoe and protect the lake for future generations.

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