Lake Tahoe Restoration Act and California’s Proposition 3
What is it? In 2016, following years of advocacy by the League, Congress passed the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2016, authorizing $415 million over seven years for projects to restore and protect Lake Tahoe. This November California voters, with passage of Proposition 3, have the opportunity to bring up to $1.2 billion to Lake Tahoe for restoration efforts, stormwater management projects and other water quality improvements.
Where is it in the process? Congress must still approve the funding authorized by the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. So far, it has fallen short in that regard, releasing a small fraction of the funding that is available.
California residents VOTE on NOVEMBER 6.
Passage of Proposition 3 will send a minimum of $100 million in state funds to support water quality programs at Lake Tahoe, with additional competitive funds available in the years ahead.
What is the League’s position?
The League will continue to lead advocacy in Washington, Sacramento and Carson City to ensure that funds are appropriated to meet Lake Tahoe’s urgent needs. Through our role in key Lake Tahoe oversight committees, we’ll ensure funds from both the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act and Prop 3 (if approved) are spent efficiently to maximize the benefits for the Lake’s health.