Federal Judge Upholds Tahoe Regional Plan

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - A federal judge has upheld a regional plan regulating development in the Lake Tahoe Basin that straddles the Nevada-California line.

U.S. District Judge John Mendez in Sacramento on Monday ruled in favor of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency regulators in a lawsuit brought by environmental groups.

Mendez said the TRPA acted properly when it approved the updated regional plan for the basin in 2012.

The Sierra Club and Friends of the West Shore sued in February 2013 seeking to block implementation, arguing the plan was flawed and would pose a threat to the lake's delicate ecosystem.

But TRPA Executive Director Joanne Marchetta tells the Reno Gazette-Journal the plan will accelerate environmental restoration.