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Eroded Soil/Soil Conservation

TitleEroded Soil/Soil Conservation
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-06-02
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment # 22: - "Eroded Soil/Soil Conservation" (Air Date: June 1, 2003). Representatives from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discuss soil conservation practices that property owners should use in order to protect Lake Tahoe's clarity and water quality.
SubjectSoil erosion -- Environmental aspects -- Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
Water quality -- 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 22: "Soil Conservation" Air Date: June 1st ((Anchor Intro)) It may not seem like a very scintillating topic of conversation, but understanding dirt is key to understanding water quality. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy gives us a quick lesson in soil conservation. ((Take pkg)) ((Track 1)) When you add dirt to clear water, the water turns brown. Researchers once believed that at Lake Tahoe it took only a few weeks for that dirt clear up and fall to the bottom. But new research has shown that when you add soil to the waters of Lake Tahoe, that dirt can keep the water brown for as long as seven years. So, what's the best way to keep Tahoe blue? Keep the dirt out of the lake. ((sot @ 2:49ish Matt Graham, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "So, it's really important that we keep the soil on each individual property and prevent that from migrating into the watershed.? ((Track 2)) The best way to keep your dirt on your property is to prevent erosion. This is a perfect example of what happens without erosion control. On this piece of property, when the water flows, there?s nothing to keep the soil from flowing with it. Eventually all this dirt will make its way to the lake. ((Sot @ 1:30)) "Even if you're 2-3 miles up in the watershed a disturbed site can cause that soil...or erosion can happen and soil can move down in the watershed and eventually make its way to Lake Tahoe." ((Track 3)) By simply doing a little planned landscaping on your property you can prevent the cycle of soil erosion. Building retaining walls, planting native vegetation, adding mulch and paving dirt driveways are all ways to control soil erosion. The work will not only make your property look better, it will also help protect the lake. With the lake tahoe environmental education coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor Tag)) If you?re interested learning more about erosion control on your property, there is free help and advice available to you. Visit our website at for more information. In next week's Lake Tahoe Report, every homeowner at Lake Tahoe will soon be required to install BMP's at their homes. But what are BMP's? Shelly will answer that question next week.

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