North Lake Tahoe belongs to a truly one-of-a-kind environment. There really is no other “Lake Tahoe” on Earth. With its extraordinarily blue water set like a jewel in the mountains, this environment exists virtually without peer. Almost everything we do here – hiking these majestic mountains, swimming these shimmering bays, dining along this magnificent shoreline – is dependent on a healthy environment. Our activities to preserve this sacred place are an effort to give something back to this land, which continually provides joy and life for all of us.
Lake Tahoe’s clarity has long been a subject of discussion and awe among tourists and scientists alike. Today, UC Davis’s Real-time Educational Monitoring Of The Environment (REMOTE) program keeps a constant watch on the state of Lake Tahoe and its ecosystem in an attempt to better understand the unique behaviors that make our Lake so special. Their lab in Incline Village is shared with students at Sierra Nevada College as well as the University of Nevada, Reno, the Desert Research Institute and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Tahoe-Baikal Institute, established in 1990, is involved in an ongoing study comparing Lakes Tahoe and Baikal (in Siberia) to determine more closely the effects of industrialization and urbanization on these two very similar lakes.
Over the past two decades, the National Forest Service has fought to acquire control of 77% of the land in the Tahoe Basin. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been developing plans for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works cooperatively with the Forest Service to manage and preserve endangered species. In addition, there are several other public and private groups that play pivotal roles in the preservation of the Lake Tahoe Basin. After his visit to Lake Tahoe in 1997, then-President Clinton signed an executive order to facilitate cooperation among these many groups working to protect the Lake. Here, we’ve outlined some of the major areas of preservation focus, including forest and wildlife and current ski resort efforts, as well as a few tips visitors can use to help Lake Tahoe retain its immaculate purity.
Agencies and Organizations
Many agencies and organizations contribute to the environmental conservation efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Below are some of the major players, with links to their websites for further information.