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Research Continues to Help Preserve Lake Tahoe

TitleResearch Continues to Help Preserve Lake Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2003-09-08
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #37 - "Tahoe Environmental Research Center" (Air Date: October 14, 2003). A look at restoration and fundraising efforts for the University of California, Davis' research facility near Tahoe City.
SubjectUniversity of California, Davis. Tahoe Environmental Research Center
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 38 Tahoe Environment Research Center Anchor Intro: Some of the world's leading scientists and some of our country's top universities and government agencies are involved in research projects at Lake Tahoe. Many of those projects are housed at the University of California, Davis' research facility near Tahoe City. But as Shelly Purdy explains in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report…that facility has some serious problems. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) The building was built in 1920 as a fish hatchery. And from the looks of it, most of the structure is still original. The beautiful scissor beams are still holding the building up…but there is major roof damage, a broken sewer line, old and unreliable electrical wiring and unbelievably cramped working conditions. The joke around here is that they are doing world class research in a third world facility. ((sot @ 1:39 Dr. Charles Goldman, University of California, Davis)) "Even the Russians are embarrassed when they come look at what we operate out of. So, the plan now is to build a new building and convert this into a world class science center." ((track 2)) Private donors have already contributed 13.2 million dollars. Part of the money will be used to restore this building and turn it into a science center for kids. The rest will fund the construction of a new state-of-the-art research laboratory. Looking around the building here, there is no question a new facility is needed. The researchers are doing everything from monitoring algae growth, to testing sediment samples, to helping NASA with various experiments…all in a few small rooms using hand-me-down furniture and equipment. The work they're doing is key to the overall effort to save Lake Tahoe. The researchers here argue they can do a whole lot more if they have the right tools to work with. ((Sot @ 2:02)) "We desperately need a world class research center so that not only can we attract a variety of other scientists to work at Lake Tahoe but also Nevada groups particularly the Desert Research Institute and University of Nevada." ((Track 3)) With the lake tahoe environmental education coalition, I'm shelly purdy kolo nc8. Anchor Tag: An interesting fact about the U-C Davis research facility…as Shelly mentioned, it was originally built as a fish hatchery. In his early years, great American author John Steinbeck worked there taking care of the fish.

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