Officials promise to protect Lake Tahoe with $415M

By  | 

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - Federal officials are promising to protect Lake Tahoe for future generations, a pledge that one says doesn't rule out also maintaining a robust regional economy.

The U.S. representatives gathered at the cold, deep cobalt lake straddling the California and Nevada borders Tuesday for their 21st annual Lake Tahoe Summit.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who hosted the summit along the lake's south shore, says a key focus is on countering the effects of climate change.

She and Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada co-authored a law authorizing $415 million in federal money for projects to improve the lake's famed water clarity.

California's junior Democratic senator, Kamala Harris, says protecting the delicate region doesn't mean devastating an economy that largely caters to tourists, skiers, gamblers and recreation-seekers.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)