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Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board approves shoreline plan, changes to development rights

November 2, 2018 — After years of work, Lake Tahoe's chief regulatory agency is altering two of its most significant programs impacting development in the basin. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board approved changes to its development rights system and updated its shoreline plan, which manages development on

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Hundreds of volunteers to participate in pair of cleanup days along Truckee River

October 11, 2018 — This weekend volunteers will scour the banks of the Truckee River at sites along more than 30 miles as part of a duo of annual river cleanup days. On Saturday, more than 700 volunteers are scheduled to clean sections of the Truckee from Verdi through

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Volunteers plant hundreds of willows, repair fencing at Nevada Beach

October 2, 2018 — On the first day of fall, nearly 100 participants gathered to restore crumbling stream banks by planting 800 native willows, protect native species and remove litter from Nevada Beach at Lake Tahoe as part of the League to Save Lake Tahoe's 21st Tahoe Forest Stewardship

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Tahoe’s water inspection program celebrates a decade with no new invasive species

September 27, 2018 — Having been hauled thousands of miles from across the country, a pontoon boat bound for a weekend on Lake Tahoe pulls into the Alpine Meadows Watercraft Inspection Station. It's one of roughly 8,000 motorized vessels that were inspected during this past boating season, and one

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Thousands of pieces of litter collected from Tahoe’s beaches following Labor Day weekend

September 6, 2018 — Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest of the year in Lake Tahoe, and as visitors to the shoreline pack up after weekend-long celebrations, thousands of pieces of trash are left behind. Instead of enjoying the holiday by relaxing and lounging around, more than

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Fight against Tahoe’s invasive species goes to the mat

August 17, 2018 — Blindly feeling along a section of fabric mat underneath the water's surface at Lakeside Marina, a diver grabs a U-shaped piece of rebar and begins hammering away. At only a handful of feet below the water's surface visibility drops to zero, making work difficult, but

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Cal Fire awards $27.5M to reduce wildfire risk

August 7, 2018 — Today, CAL FIRE awarded four grants totaling $27.5 million to fund high-priority forest health projects designed to combat climate change and reduce the risk of wildfires. Awarded to the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, California Tahoe Conservancy, National Forest Foundation, and American River Conservancy, the grants fund

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IN HOT WATER? Lake Tahoe sees decreased clarity, highest ever surface water temps in 2017

August 2, 2018 — Shorter winters and rising temperatures have led to the highest surface water temperatures ever recorded at Lake Tahoe, while drought and one of the wettest winters on record have contributed to the worst clarity readings since regular measurements of the lake began in 1968. Tahoe's

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Town of Truckee seeks input on McIver open space

June 21, 2018 — The Town of Truckee recently announced an open house workshop seeking input on the future use of the McIver Dairy site. The town has obtained landscape architecture consultant, Callander Associates, according to a release, to develop alternative conceptual drawings, which include various public uses for

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First known Gray wolf visits Nevada County

June 11, 2018 — California Department of Fish and Wildlife reported this week that a gray wolf visited Nevada County on Friday, the first known visit of a gray wolf to this area. The two-year-old female, referred to as OR-54, has since returned north to Sierra County. The wolf

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Summer hiking series promotes conservation efforts

May 31, 2018 — The Truckee Donner Land Trust kicked off their summer hiking series on Saturday with a docent led hike around Lower Carpenter Valley, the first time the public has been able to explore the region since the trust acquired the property last year. Located about 10

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Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Sierra Club sign MOU on gondola project

May 31, 2018 — At the public hearing for Squaw Valley's base-to-base gondola project in Kings Beach, Ron Cohen, acting COO of Squaw Valley, announced that an agreement had been reached between Squaw Valley and the national Sierra Club organization and its Mother Lode Chapter regarding the construction of

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Forging ahead: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows pushes forward with development, gondola projects

May 31, 2018 — Sierra Watch's attorneys argue Placer County fell well short of fully analyzing the impacts of Squaw Valley's planned 25-year village redevelopment project, particularly when it comes to fire safety, traffic and resulting environmental effects on the Lake Tahoe Basin. And the nonprofit organization, which has

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Residents rail against avalanche ops, increased traffic with Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows gondola project

May 30, 2018 — Placer County is accepting comments from the public concerning the proposed construction of the Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows base-to-base gondola project and its impacts on the environment and local homeowners, with noise and traffic concerns dominating the discussion. At a recent public hearing, Alpine Meadows

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Hicks appointed to Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board

May 23, 2018 — U.S. President Donald Trump has appointed A.J. "Bud" Hicks to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Governing Board. According to a news release, Hicks, a resident of Reno, Nevada since 1957, will assume the non-voting, presidential-appointee seat on the Governing Board held by Tim Carlson

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North Tahoe community cleanup set for June 2

May 22, 2018 — On June 2, over 100 volunteers will take to the streets to pick up trash prior to the busy summer season, a news release states. Registration will be at 9 a.m. at Community House located at 265 Bear Street in Kings Beach. This registration location

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Wildfire Awareness Week: getting serious about fire danger around Truckee

May 9, 2018 — Lake Tahoe's wet winter allowed for thick brush growth that is now drying out, creating the perfect fuel for forest fires. In an effort to urge Californians to get serious about properly defending their homes from wildfires, Gov. Jerry Brown declared May 6-12 "Wildfire Awareness

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Lake Tahoe roadside boat inspection stations open for season

May 1, 2018 — Roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft are officially opening for the 2018 boating season. And, according to a news release, the Tahoe Resource Conservation District is celebrating the success of fighting aquatic invasive species for the past 10 years. A

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Truckee rolls out new recycling program

April 16, 2018 — To address the Town of Truckee's sustainability goals, new programs will be introduced to residents within the incorporated Truckee town limits beginning this summer that will eliminate the need for residents to purchase recycling and yard waste plastic bags, prevent recycling contamination, and increase the

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Truckee-Tahoe Water agencies oppose statewide drinking water fee

April 12, 2018 — The Truckee-Tahoe area's water agencies say they oppose a budget trailer bill that is part of Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed 2018-19 budget. The bill, according to the Association of California Water Agencies, is essentially a modified form of State Bill 623, dubbed the "Safe and

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