Decisionmakers: Amy Horne |

Decisionmakers: Amy Horne

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunAmy Horne, chairwoman of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board

Amy Horne brings both an environmental and an economic perspective to the board on which she serves ” two things she sees as intrinsically linked rather than in opposition to one-another.

Working on the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, Horne said her goals include working toward reaching clarity standards in Lake Tahoe, and meeting water quality in the surrounding streams and Truckee River.

“People want to go swimming in Tahoe, fishing in the Truckee River, boating on Donner Lake ” people expect a certain quality of life at the same time as the area is rapidly growing more urbanized,” Horne said.

But her priorities aren’t just in the water, Horne said, with the board working with area fire agencies to reduce fire hazard in an environmentally sensitive way.

“We have a lot of big goals that require very long-term solutions. My goal is to make progress toward achieving those goals in ways the community supports,” Horne said.

To garner community support, Horne said it is important for everything the board does to be transparent and open to the public.

“We want to work in ways that people respect our decisions even if they may not agree with them,” Horne said.

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