Groups sue to stop Tahoe pier construction |

Groups sue to stop Tahoe pier construction

Associated Press

SACRAMENTO (AP) ” Two environmental groups are suing Lake Tahoe regulators over rules allowing new pier construction and other shoreline development.

The suit filed Friday in Sacramento federal court alleges that the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency violated environmental laws when its governing board approved a new development plan last month.

The plan will allow up to 138 new piers around the lake and 1,862 buoys. It reverses a more than two-decade-old moratorium on most new pier construction.

Earthjustice sued on behalf of the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Club. They say the agency failed to evaluate the impacts of additional boats on the lake.

Dennis Oliver, an agency spokesman, says it is reviewing the lawsuit and could not immediately comment.