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Lakes Tahoe and Baikal Inspire Unique Russan-American Partnership

TitleLakes Tahoe and Baikal Inspire Unique Russan-American Partnership
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-04-21
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #20 - "Comparing Watersheds: Lake Tahoe vs. Lake Baikal" (Air Date: June 17, 2003). A look at the international educational partnership between Lake Tahoe and Lake Baikal in Siberia.
SubjectTahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
Baikal, Lake (Russia)
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 20 "Comparing Watersheds: Lake Tahoe vs. Lake Baikal" Air Date: June 17 ((Anchor/Intro)) Lake Tahoe is widely considered one of the biggest and most magnificent high alpine lakes in the world. But did you know that there is another lake half a world away that dwarfs Lake Tahoe? In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy takes us to Siberia, Russia. ((TAKE PKG)) ((Track 1)) It's called Lake Baikal. It is the deepest lake in the world and is so huge that it holds 20 percent of the world's fresh water. Those are obvious differences between Lake Baikal and Lake Tahoe. But there are also many similarities. Lake Baikal has been described as a snapshot of Lake Tahoe a century ago. The economic development, recreation and tourism that is well established here at Tahoe is just beginning to emerge at Lake Baikal. And it is the goal of the Tahoe-Baikal Institute to help the Russians develop and protect this huge natural resource. The institute runs a student exchange program that allows Russian and American students to interact and learn from each other. ((sot baikal tape @ 9:05 Tony Brunello, Executive Director, Tahoe Baikal Institute)) "It's teaching students who are really on the verge of being tomorrow's environmental leaders and being able to use lake tahoe and lake baikal as the classroom So we have a really unique opportunity here at Tahoe with the community policy makers and scientists to really show people from around the world what we have developed here and have them take that with them throughout their careers." ((Track 2)) Every summer a group of undergrad and graduate students spend 5 weeks at Lake Baikal and 5 weeks at Lake Tahoe. The students not only learn about the science of both lakes, but they also learn about politics, working with government agencies and non-profits and developing sustainable industries like recreation and tourism. ((sot @ 6:15)) "It's very interesting for the students to figure out how they can translate quality science into good policy and that's the main thing that we try and push through the program." ((Track 3)) The American students who go through the program get the chance to see what Lake Tahoe might have been like a hundred years ago. And the students from Russia learn the tools they'll need to create economic growth and protect this amazing natural resource. With the lake tahoe environmental education coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for kolo news channel 8. ((Anchor/Tag)) Representatives from the Tahoe Rim Trail Associaiton recently visited Siberia and met with a group planning to build the Great Baikal Trail. The folks from Tahoe provided the Russians with expertise on working with government agencies, fundraising, and organizing volunteers. If completed, the Great Baikal Trail would be 15-hundred miles long and circumnavigate Lake Baikal. If you would like more information on the Tahoe-Baikal Institute, visit our website at

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