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Eagle Falls Work Will Enhance Water Quality and the Visitor Experience

LINK TO VIDEO FILEhttp://imedia.unr.edu/Tahoe/43_EagleFallsBMPs.asx (01:38)
TitleEagle Falls Work Will Enhance Water Quality and the Visitor Experience
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at http://www.tahoe.unr.edu/resources/Segment043.pdf
Date Original2001-02-20
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #43 "Eagle Falls Best Management Practices" (Air date: November 11, 2003). A look at the impact that the large number of visitors has had on the Eagle Falls trailhead near Emerald Bay, including renovation plans.
SubjectTahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.) -- Environmental conditions
Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.) -- Environmental conditions
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (http://www.lteec.org)
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, http://www.lteec.org or 775-832-4138.
Formatvideo/wmv
Date Digital2004-12-06
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Languageeng
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 43 "Eagle Falls BMPs" Air date: 11/25/03 Anchor Intro: The Eagle Falls trailhead located near Emerald Bay is one of the most visited spots in the Lake Tahoe Basin. But, the recreation facility is in danger of being loved too much. In tonight's Lake Tahoe report, Shelly Purdy takes a look at plans to renovate the site. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) It may be the off season, but plenty if people are still visiting the Eagle Falls Trailhead. They come here to hike, use the restroom facilities, picnic and sightsee. But over the years, the impact of millions of visitors to this site has made its mark. The picnic area was originally built next to the creek to give diners a meal with a view. ((sot @ 22:00ish Rex Norman, United States Forest Service)) "It makes a beautiful location but the amount of foot traffic that's taken place in there have caused a lot of problems." ((S/U @ 29:49, Shelly Purdy)) "If 40-50, 000 people visit this popular recreation facility every year?that comes out to about 80-100, 000 footprints all trampling this very sensitive area next to the river." ((Track 2)) The soil has become so compacted that water can no longer filter through it. Dirt, grime and oils run right off the parking lot, through a series of old drainage pipes, across the picnic area and into the creek?which flows directly into the lake at Emerald Bay. That's why this facility will soon be getting a complete overhaul. ((sot @ 22:52)) "We have to look at the whole area comprehensively. The parking area with the old asphalt will be removed and a whole new drainage system will be designed." ((sot @ 23:22)) "The old restroom facility which is reaching the end of it's lifetime is gonna be replaced with a much more efficient and better vault system." ((Track 3)) And a transit turnaround will be built making it easier for busses and trolleys to bring visitors to the area. Construction begins next year. With the lake Tahoe environmental education coalition, I?m Shelly Purdy for kolo news channel 8. Anchor Tag: The Eagle Falls Trailhead will also be made ADA accessible. In next week's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly takes a look at what the bears are doing this time of year.

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