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Good News for Tahoe from Federal and State Governments

TitleGood News for Tahoe from Federal and State Governments
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-08-11
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #30 - "New Tahoe Funding" (Air Date: August 26, 2003). Senator Harry Reid discusses the 1997 Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum and its subsequent 300 million dollars in federal funding for environmental restoration and improvement projects.
SubjectEnvironmental protection -- Tahoe, Lake, Watershed (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 30: New Tahoe Funding (Air Date: August 26) ((Anchor Intro)) In 1997, President Bill Clinton came to Lake Tahoe to discuss the lake's declining clarity. He also pledged 300-million dollars spread over ten years in federal funding to pay for restoration projects and environmental improvements. In tonight's Lake Tahoe report, Shelly Purdy takes a look at a plan that will guarantee those funds get to the lake. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) The 1997 Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum turned out to be much more than just a photo-op. In the six years since the event, great progress has been made in the effort to reverse the degradation of Lake Tahoe. ((sot @ 2:05 Sen. Harry Reid)) ?This beautiful lake is now?we're gaining not losing. We have a long long ways to go but we're really making tremendous progress.? ((Track 2)) But progress costs money. Despite the passage of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, federal budgets are tight. And, it has been tough to get the money that was promised ((sot @ 9:08 Senator John Ensign)) "We have gotten what we could form the federal standpoint but we certainly were not pleased. The funding has not been met to what the promises were." ((Track 3)) So Senator Ensign came up with an idea that will guarantee federal money for Lake Tahoe restoration projects. The senator announced his plan at this year's annual meeting to assess the progress made since the 1997 forum. He is proposing legislation that will use money generated from the sale of surplus BLM land in Southern Nevada for Lake Tahoe. ((sot @ 9:39)) "We're gonna take the money from that land, $30 million a year, and designate it to go to Lake Tahoe. So we have the full funding for the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. It's something that's long overdue. Before we were having to fight and scrap every year. This will be a guaranteed $30 million a year that will fund all the projects everybody's been wanting all this time." ((Track 4 )) If passed, the program will guarantee the federal government's promise of $300 million dollars is kept. Add that to the millions of dollars in funding coming from the states of Nevada and California as well as local communities and the private sector and we are well on our way to preserving the Jewel of the Sierra - Lake Tahoe. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. ((Anchor Tag)) Currently, money raised form the sale of BLM lands in Southern Nevada is used for Nevada's general education program, parks, trails and the acquisition of environmentally sensitive lands in Nevada. If you would like more information about the proposed legislation, please visit our website at In next week's Lake Tahoe report, Shelly takes a look at a growing problem at Lake Tahoe's invasive weeds that are taking over and choking out native vegetation.

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