2012 Lake Tahoe Summit

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

STATELINE, NV - For the 16th year, leaders from Nevada and California gathered to talk about the heath of Lake Tahoe.

This time, they met at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

Sen. Dean Heller, R-NV, hosted the event. The theme of this year's summit was Public-Private Partnership. He said, with federal funding for restoration projects drying up, they were going to have to look for other sources. He was encouraging local businesses to help fund some of the effort to help keep the Lake clear and blue.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, also attended the summit - as she has every year since it began in 1997. She said the top three threats to Lake Tahoe were pollution, wildfire damage, and invasive species.

Also attending were both Governor Jerry Brown of California and Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada. Sen. Heller said this is the first time in the history of the summit that the governors of both states attended two years in a row. He said that sends a clear message the level of commitment each state has to preserving Lake Tahoe. Sen. Heller said he sees the biggest issue hurting the lake right now is the lack of funding for restoration projects.

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