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Tahoe Restoration Act passes Senate

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The Lake Tahoe Restoration Act passed the Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016, senators Dean Heller and Harry Reid announced on Thursday.

“With five generations of Hellers enjoying the Lake Tahoe Basin, this bill hits close to home for me,” Heller said. “As the leading voice on this legislation, I’m proud of the manner in which it was pushed to new heights. Input from all key stakeholders, secured commitments of support from previous opponents, committee passage, and ultimately, success on the Senate floor were all deserved fruits of a hard labor. I would like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for garnering bipartisan support for this legislation.”

Sponsored by Heller and Reid, California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, the legislation is designed to continue the ongoing effort to protect Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe Basin from invasive species and devastating wildfires, while restoring Lake Tahoe’s water clarity and protecting threatened species and wildlands.

“As the entire world saw last month, the beauty of Lake Tahoe is unparalleled,” Reid said. “We must do everything we can to keep it that way.”

The bill goes to the House of Representatives, which only has a short time to act before adjournment.