Letter to the Editor: Thanks to those who fight to keep Tahoe blue
November 15, 2010
Born and raised in the Truckee/Tahoe area, I have always taken Lake Tahoe for granted. Jaded to its beauty, I would often travel by the lake without even recognizing its importance. I have now realized that the lake is the heart of the area, and has been vital to the Tahoe Basin for more than a century. It would make sense to keep our precious lake as healthy as can be. In a perfect world this would be the case. But, this isnand#8217;t a perfect world, and our lake is suffering for it.
Numerous aquatic species have been introduced to our lake. On the surface, this seems to be an easy issue to solve, remove the invasive species and be done. In reality, removing species becomes a task of weaning it out of the ecosystem. It doesnand#8217;t take long for a fish or crustacean to become ingrained into the fragile ecosystem of the lake. Two perfect examples are the lake trout and the crayfish. Neither of these species are native to the area and since their introductions in 1907 and 1936 respectively, theyand#8217;ve managed to change the ecosystem dramatically. The lake trout, with the help of the brown trout, has run the Lahontan trout to the point of extinction.
Human interference is to blame with many of these introduced species. People have toyed with the lakeand#8217;s ecosystem to a point where it is almost unrecognizable. But, there are people out there who are making efforts to restore it. I would like to personally thank the scientists from UNR and UC Davis, the TRCD and the TRPA and everyone who has put effort into restoring Lake Tahoe to the beautiful lake that we are so proud of. As a community, we too should make the effort to keep Tahoe blue.