by Margaret Moran

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January 16, 2014
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Rim fire impacts on Tahoe, other Sierra lakes focus of study

Impacts from the Sierra’s largest recorded wildfire to Lake Tahoe and surrounding water bodies is the topic of a new scientific study.

“The whole ecology of the lake might shift,” said Geoffrey Schladow, director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village. “… I’m not saying it will happen, but it could happen and that’s what we’re trying to understand — the likelihood.”

In fall 2013, researchers from TERC, the University of Nevada, Reno, and three other institutions began a one-year study on the effects of last year’s Rim fire.

The study focuses on how lakes respond …

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