RENO, Nev. (AP) - Joseph and Joan Truxler knew they were headed for rough waters when they decided last fall that the only way to stop tourism officials from polluting Lake Tahoe with Fourth of July fireworks debris was to sue them under the Clean Water Act.
The Zephyr Cove couple says the lawsuit was a last resort because the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority wouldn't respond to concerns about the 8,000 pieces of spent fireworks they've gathered along the southeast shore.
The authority decided last week that if a settlement agreement cannot be reached by April 4, they'll cancel the event.
Joan Truxler says they never intended to stop the fireworks, only regulate them better and do a better job of cleaning up. She says she's hopeful a settlement conference in Sacramento on Monday will resolve the dispute.