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Tahoe Beach Club’s Alpenglow Festival raises over $52k for local artists, Clean Up The Lake’s Environmental Dive Center

STATELINE, Nev. – Tahoe Beach Club, known for its unparalleled commitment to the Lake Tahoe community and environment, has successfully raised over $52,000 through its "Right Footprint" summer 2023 campaign. A significant portion, $25,772, was...

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Tahoe, Donner Lake levels: A successful water year

This year has shown immense promise for both Tahoe and Donner. Lake Tahoe's current elevation is 6227.8 feet above sea level, just shy of the maximum legal limit of 6,229.10. With a natural rim at...

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Sculpture made from litter unveiled at Tahoe Blue Event Center

STATELINE, Nev. – A new sculpture constructed of trash pulled from Lake Tahoe during Clean up the Lake's 72-mile clean-up project was unveiled in front of the Tahoe Blue Event Center on Wednesday, Sept. 27....

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Major meadow clean up along the Upper Truckee River in South Lake Tahoe

The City of South Lake Tahoe Police, Fire, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation departments, Clean Tahoe, Pack Rat and South Tahoe Refuse, along with private property owners, completed a major meadow trash/debris cleanup in the Truckee River Meadow North …

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Tahoe Yellow Cress surveys underway in the Lake Tahoe Basin

The Tahoe Yellow Cress Adaptive Management Working Group's annual lake-wide monitoring surveys of Tahoe Yellow Cress in the Lake Tahoe Basin will continue throughout September across numerous land ownerships and on every beach where this rare plant is known to …

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Local Director Launches Creative Media Agency For Adventure Travel and Conservation

Lake Tahoe-based director and photographer Rachid Dahnoun announced the launch of RSM Creative, a media production company and creative agency that specializes in content creation for adventure travel, hospitality, agriculture and conservation brands.

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Report trash issues

Residents and visitors in the Tahoe Sierra can report trash issues from illegal dumps to broken sled trash at sled hills by using the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s Citizen Science app or by contacting local authorities.

Image caption: How California reclamation districts turned millions of acres of wetlands into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush.
Reclamation Districts: Turning ‘Swamps’ Into Farmland

California has used reclamation districts to turn millions of acres of unusable swamps into fertile agricultural land, starting in the earliest days of the Gold Rush. Here’s how it happened.

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Working Together: TTCF and California Local

A conversation with Stacy Caldwell, CEO of Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation

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27th annual Lake Tahoe Summit examines climate crisis impact on the basin, path to restoration and preservation

KINGS BEACH, Calif.— The 27th annual Lake Tahoe Summit was held at the Kings Beach Recreation Area Wednesday, Aug. 9. The bi-partisan, bi-state coalition of local, state, federal, Tribal, and environmental leaders were able to...

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Cortez Masto, Rosen announce $1.3 million to help Washoe Tribe strengthen, invest in energy infrastructure

U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) announced that the Washoe Tribe of Nevada & California will receive $1.3 million from the Department of Energy’s Grid Resilience State and Tribal Formula Grants program to modernize and strengthen …

Image caption: Zoning for single family homes is at the heart of numerous urban and social problems.
Should Zoning Laws Be Abolished?

Zoning laws that restrict new housing development cause environmental damage, racial and class segregation, and force people into cars creating traffic. Now, a new movement wants to abolish zoning in the United States.

Image caption: California ranks seventh in wind power, with 3.5 percent of all U.S. wind energy produced here.
California Inches Toward Renewable Energy Goal

Renewable energy sources provided 37 percent of California electricity in 2021, a new record for the state as it moves toward its 2045 goal of 100 percent clean energy. Battery storage will play a huge role in reaching that goal.

Image caption: Gary Gragg examines buds on one of the mango plants he's growing in the Sacramento Valley.
Mangoes and Agave in the Central Valley?

The future of farming in California is changing as the planet warms, altering the rain and heat patterns that guide which crops are grown where. “We’re adjusting for survival,” one grower said.

Image caption: Withholding a mere 1% of LA's water would protect Mono Lake and millions of birds.
Save Mono Lake Again

A sizeable coalition has called for California's water regulator to take emergency measures to protect Mono Lake and suspend diversions to Los Angeles.

Image caption: The snow-lined South Fork of the American River on March 3, 2023.
Too Much, Too Early

When warm storms melt snowpack early, reservoir managers must release water to prevent flooding—which sends this precious resource into the ocean.

Image caption: Ever little bit helps in the fight against climate change.
Small Steps in the Right Direction

Don’t just be a spectator in the fight against climate change. Here are some small steps you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.

Image caption: Dairy products are California’s top agricultural commodity, but the industry is often criticized for its impact on the environment.
Sustainable Sustenance

California is a leading producer of agricultural crops. So it’s not surprising to find cutting-edge ideas taking root here.

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Help restore Truckee’s watershed

Truckee River Day 2022, hosted by Foriver-Truckee River Watershed Council, is on Oct. 16. For more than 25 years, Truckee residents have gathered with boots, buckets, shovels and smiles to tackle projects to restore our mountain home, including restoring meadows, …

Image caption: Action Heroes: EA promotes alternative transportation year round, not just during Bike Month.
Ecology Action’s Plan for a Greener Future

For half a century, this group has reduced waste, reimagined local transportation and redesigned buildings. It’s all part of Ecology Action’s quest for sustainability.