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Where did winter go?
Regan Beach 2019
A snowy Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe, February 2019.
January and February have been disappointingly dry and warm in Tahoe, leaving our Sierra snowpack far under par . While our team at the League joins you in crossing our fingers for a Miracle March, more extreme swings in temperature, weather and precipitation could be the new norm here as Tahoe feels the effects of climate change.

The impacts are showing up in other ways too, including warming Lake temperatures and a shift in precipitation to more rain and less snow.
Climate change intensifies all the threats facing Lake Tahoe, including stormwater pollution, the risk of catastrophic wildfire and the spread of invasive species.

In the face of these challenges, it is increasingly important to safeguard and bring back Tahoe’s meadows, forests and marshes through hands-on restoration events and advocacy for sustainable funding. Having a healthy and resilient ecosystem is the best way to cope with the effects of the climate crisis.

Please support our efforts to Keep Tahoe Blue in the face of climate change.
Keep Tahoe Blue Advocacy Update:
TAHOE SOUTH EVENT CENTER
Rendering of Tahoe South Event Center: Tahoe Douglas Visitors Authority, Design Workshop
What is it? In our previous newsletter , we provided an overview of the proposed Tahoe South Event Center, which would be built in the parking lot of the MontBleu casino at Stateline. This project holds a lot of promise for the South Shore community, yet the League has questions and reservations about the project’s purported impacts especially those concerning its effect on local parking and traffic. As you know, stormwater pollution generated from endless traffic pounding the pavement is the number one threat to Lake Tahoe’s clarity, which is why the League works to combat pollution by advocating for alternative transportation options and engaging in project planning.

Traffic and parking headaches also degrade the quality of life and visitor experience on the South Shore. There are several ongoing planning efforts to improve parking, including one for the Event Center, another affiliated with the Highway 50 Loop Road Project and a third being conducted by the City of South Lake Tahoe. Additionally, a paid parking pilot program based on a tiered pricing structure will soon get underway on the North Shore in the lots created for users of the East Shore Trail . The results of that pilot will help inform parking plans for the South Shore.

Where is it in the process? Since our last update, the League has been working closely with the project proponents, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and other stakeholders to create a plan that will reliably and responsibly mitigate unwanted impacts to traffic and the environment. We've been successful in extending the project planning period by one month, allowing more time to improve the project's transit, parking and adaptive management plans. We've made progress on each of those fronts, and the proposal may be handed a final decision by the TRPA Governing Board at the end of March. 

What is the League’s position? Until the final plan is released, the League will withhold judgement and continue to work to make it the best possible project for the community and the Lake.

You can read the League’s comment letters to the TRPA Governing Board:

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Dr. Goodman Collins goes to Washington
CEO Darcie Goodman Collins in DC
In March, League CEO Darcie Goodman Collins will travel to our nation’s capital to lobby for Lake Tahoe. This regular and recurring journey allows Tahoe advocates to get some face time with our elected representatives and find opportunities to better protect our Jewel of the Sierra.

High on the agenda for this trip is working with Tahoe’s Nevada and California delegation to unlock funding authorized under the 2016 Lake Tahoe Restoration Act . This piece of legislation opened the door for $415 million in federal funding to flow to Tahoe through 2023 to combat stormwater pollution, tackle invasive species and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire, among other important goals.

While the money has been authorized, only $37 million of the $415 million has actually been appropriated, making it available to use. The League’s goal is to push for the remaining funds for Tahoe to be unlocked.
Lake Tahoe News
The League is hiring!
Searching for a Communications Associate
We’re searching for the next Lake Tahoe champion to join our staff at the League. Check out the position posting, and if you have the skills and passion, please submit your application through our website only . Hopefully you or someone you know can help us Keep Tahoe Blue by joining the team!

Looking back on 100 years of historical events at Lake Tahoe
Feb 27, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Over the past century, Lake Tahoe has been through its fair share of changes. From the coming of the first casinos, to the 1960 Winter Olympics and the development boom that occurred alongside it, up through more recent events where the environmental health of the Lake got the protection it has always deserved, the Lake continues to change. The League's commitment to the Lake has not. We have a place in more than a few chapters, including the 1997 Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum. (Photo: UC Davis)

The power of citizen science
Jan 28, Desert Research Institute  
A group of passionate people can make a big difference. Volunteer citizen scientists, including the fine folks who participate in the League’s programs, are no exception. In this article, our partners at the Desert Research Institute recognize the importance of citizen science to tackle some of the biggest scientific questions out there, including those for Tahoe.

Upcoming Events
It’s time to warm up those thumbs, uncap those highlighters and get prepared to mark important dates on your calendar. Keep Tahoe Blue event season is coming soon!
Sierra-at-Tahoe Earth & Wellness Festival
Sunday, March 8 | 10 am - 2 pm
Sierra-at-Tahoe at the Solstice Plaza
1111 Sierra-at-Tahoe Rd
Twin Bridges, CA

Plastics & Local Actions for a Cleaner Tomorrow
Panel Presentation & Discussion
Thursday, March 26 | 6:45 pm - 9 pm
Patagonia Outlet - Reno
130 South Center Street
Reno, NV

Keep Tahoe Blue Volunteerpalooza!
Wednesday, April 1 | 5:30 pm - 8 pm
League Offices
2608 Lake Tahoe Boulevard
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Snapshot Day 20th Anniversary
Saturday, May 16 | 9 am - 1 pm
Help us celebrate our 20th annual Snapshot Day by volunteering! More details to come.

Go ahead, treat your feet
It's like spring out there and time to hit the trails!

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Have a great weekend!
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