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Lake Tahoe Restoration Act passes Congress

Staff Reports

The Tahoe Basin could benefit from $415 million, if a reworked federal water resource act is passed.

Congress approved the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act on Friday prompting reaction from a variety of Lake Tahoe agencies.

"The importance of this bipartisan legislation for Lake Tahoe cannot be overstated. We would like to thank our congressional delegation for its strong leadership in the passage of this bill, and our many partners around the lake for their vocal support," said Joanne S. Marchetta, executive director of TRPA.

Passed on Friday as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act and now headed to President Barack Obama for his signature, the Lake Tahoe Restoration authorizes up to $415 million in future federal funding appropriations over the next seven years.

"This is a great day for Lake Tahoe. We are thrilled that Congress has passed the full Lake Tahoe Restoration Act, intact with the protections we supported," said League to Save Lake Tahoe Executive Director Darcie Goodman Collins. "This landmark legislation will provide over $400 million in critical public funds for environmental restoration projects, the control of aquatic invasive species and to reduce the threat of catastrophic wildfire. Once signed by President Obama, this legislation will allow essential actions to protect Lake Tahoe to move ahead, increasing the likelihood that we'll be able to Keep Tahoe Blue now and for future generations."

That federal funding will help leverage local, state, and private sector funding to maintain and build on the progress of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program, one of the nation's most ambitious and successful environmental restoration and conservation programs.

This reauthorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act will help TRPA and its many partners around the Lake Tahoe Basin continue to work to address the biggest environmental challenges facing the lake, including water quality, forest health, and the harmful spread of aquatic invasive species.

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The act was sponsored by Dean Heller (R-Nevada), Harry Reid (D-Nevada), Dianne Feinstein (D-California), and Barbara Boxer (D-California) in the Senate, and by Mark Amodei (R-Nevada), Tom McClintock (R-California), and John Garamendi (D-California) in the House of Representatives.