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Sierra Sun top 10 stories of 2009: No. 3 and#8212; Invasive species

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Sun File PhotoA look at what an infiltration of quagga mussels could do to Lake Tahoe.

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. and#8212; We would prefer to look at 2009 with one eye closed. For a brief time, the region saw the economy dip down to levels not seen since the late 80s, and optimism dip even further. During that volatility, the stress on us as a region was evident. We fought and filed lawsuits, we packed our bags and left, and much of our community was pointing fingers about the future of the school district.

Frankly, it wasnand#8217;t much fun, which is why weand#8217;d prefer just to move on and forget most of it. Yet, that would be too easy. Between the bad news headlines and tragedies did lay a bit of silver lining. Those in the region who survived 2009 and#8212; however you define that and#8212; will walk into 2010 with a resolve and a confidence unparalleled in most of our lifetimes.

The evidence is clear. Development on the horizon is beginning to employ more workers. Early snowfall propelled the region to the top of the resort world for the 2009 Christmas holiday week, and the school district is beginning to refocus itself away from the politics and back to the classroom. But we donand#8217;t have to remind our readers how far we still have to go, and the volume of challenges we have to overcome to protect our region and our quality of life.

So, to 2009 and all its bittersweet memories, we bid you adieu and thank you for the whipping. And when you finally go, please donand#8217;t let the door hit you on the way out, and definitely donand#8217;t look back.

Two species continued to invade the Lake Tahoe lexicon in 2009; and#8220;Quagga musseland#8221; and and#8220;asian clam.and#8221; While these invasive species appear as harmless as a clump of mud, collectively they can bring havoc to eco-systems. To prevent the rapid spread, government agencies worked together to mandate boat inspections around the lake, while scientists experimented with ways to kill off the slimy little invaders. This issue will certainly be another topic in 2010, when we review the policies implemented in 2009, and how well they worked and#8212; if at all.