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Tahoe Fund issues last call for 2019 projects

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A diver grabs a piece of rebar before slipping below the surface to continue installing bottom barriers in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, Aug. 15, as part of the fight against aquatic invasice species. Since 2010, the Tahoe Fund has raised funds from private donors for more than 30 environmental improvement projects, including removal of aquatic invasive species.

The Tahoe Fund has issued a last call for innovative projects that offer solutions to environmental challenges that affect Lake Tahoe.

The nonprofit said it is specifically interested in supporting projects designed to improve lake clarity, expand outdoor recreation opportunities, and reduce wildfire risk, promoting healthier forests.

Projects that improve transportation and enhance stewardship opportunities in the Tahoe Basin will also be considered. Organizations are asked to submit projects for consideration by January 31, 2019 at tahoefund.org/challenge.

"We are currently seeking projects with fundraising goals of $5,000 to $1 million that have the potential to have real impact on the environmental issues that face Lake Tahoe," said Cory Ritchie, Tahoe Fund projects committee member.

Eligible projects must be able to demonstrate that necessary environmental permits will be obtained, enjoy strong community support, and have other sources of funding identified.

All submissions will be reviewed by the Tahoe Fund Projects Committee, which is tasked with developing the Tahoe Fund's Signature and Premier Projects Portfolio. Project selections are expected to be made in late spring or early summer 2019.

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Since 2010, the Tahoe Fund has raised funds from private donors for more than 30 environmental improvement projects including new bike paths, watershed restorations, removal of aquatic invasive species and environmental stewardship programs.

Project guidelines and the request for projects submission form can be found at tahoefund.org/challenge.