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New Tahoe research center poised to open

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) ” Scientists studying Lake Tahoe are eager to move into a new, state-of-the-art research facility.

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences will open this month on the campus of Sierra Nevada College and represents a partnership of public and private institutions in three states.

“It means for the first time we’ll have a world-class facility,” said Charles Goldman, director of the University of California Davis’ Tahoe Research Group. “We’ve been working for decades in Third-World conditions.”

Goldman, who has studied Tahoe for 47 years, said scientists have been relegated to using an old fish hatchery as their base of operations. John Steinbeck briefly worked feeding fish at the hatchery while he wrote his first novella in 1929, “A Cup of Gold.”

The aging building will become the staging area for field research on the lake while the center provides the space and equipment to develop ways to preserve its pristine waters and address restoration issues in the Tahoe Basin, said Geoffrey Schladow, a UC Davis civil and environmental engineer and director of the Tahoe Environmental Research Center that is part of the Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center.

The center is a collaboration among SNC, UC Davis, the University of Nevada, Reno, and Desert Research Institute.