TRPA head says budget cuts will hurt environment | SierraSun.com

TRPA head says budget cuts will hurt environment

The Associated Press

CARSON CITY, Nev.” Lawmakers have been told that Gov. Jim Gibbons’ proposed cuts in Nevada’s share of funding for the Tahoe Regional Planning agency would hurt the bistate agency’s ability to carry out its mission of protecting mile-high Lake Tahoe.

The proposed budget would slash Nevada’s share of funds for the TRPA by 41 percent. Budget-cutting moves to date include the elimination of 11 staff positions, a salary and hiring freeze, work furloughs and closure of a satellite office on Tahoe’s north shore for at least the balance of the fiscal year.

Joanne Marchetta, acting executive director of the California-Nevada TRPA, said the cuts would delay projects designed to improve water quality and control runoff of sediment into Lake Tahoe.

Typically, Nevada provides a third of the TRPA funding and California provides the rest. The prospect of Nevada contributing less than its usual share has prompted concern that California also could lower its contribution.