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Lend a Hand a Tahoe, Truckee Cleanup

League to Save Lake Tahoe
Volunteers are needed to help with cleanups throughout the community in Tahoe and Truckee.
North Shore
June 1 | Keep Tahoe Blue and Tahoe Rim Trail Association will host a National Trails Day. Meet at …

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Placer County Discover & Discuss Community Event May 30 to Discuss Projects, Programs Shaping the Future of North Lake Tahoe

TAHOE CITY, Calif. – Placer County is inviting the community to Discover and Discuss: Projects and Programs Shaping the Future of North Lake Tahoe on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. …

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LISTEN: Tahoe TAP Podcast With Amy Berry

Mike Peron and Rob Galloway, the vibrant hosts of Tahoe TAP, are back to whisk listeners away on another enthralling journey. Today, they embark on a mission to spotlight an individual whose efforts have left an indelible mark on the …

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Aurora Borealis in the Santa Cruz Mountains

The Northern Lights appeared in Northern and Central California Saturday night.

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South Yuba River Citizens League Launches Phase 2 of Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project With $2.5M Grant

TRUCKEE, Calif. – The South Yuba River Citizens League is beginning Phase 2 of the Van Norden Meadow restoration work this summer. Phase 2 of the Van Norden Meadow Restoration Project will focus on reconnecting the Lytton Fan by completing …

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Lake Tahoe Expected to Fill for First Time Since 2019

GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA, Calif./Nev. – For the first time in nearly five years, Lake Tahoe is expected to fill this spring. Although the water year continues through September, The Natural Resources Conservation Service is already confident about this year's …

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Love Bears? Read This and Help Keep Tahoe Bears Wild

As human beings, we are innately fascinated with the natural world and often spend time and money to view the strength and resiliency of wildlife. We have zoos, safaris, wildlife excursions, and more that are dedicated to viewing wildlife. These …

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Online Dashboard Tracks Tahoe’s Climate Resilience

LAKE TAHOE, Nev./Calif. – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency launched an online Climate Resilience Dashboard this week to monitor and record progress on climate action strategies that will help guide the long-term health of the Lake Tahoe watershed and safety …

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Grow Your Own Festival: An Edible Gardening Community Event, High Elevation Seedling Sale

LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – A group of Truckee-Tahoe based non-profit organizations are teaming up for the 2nd annual Grow Your Own Festival featuring gardening demos and a high elevation seedling sale.

Image caption: This 6,000 square foot structure, a two-boiler system, will help dispose of dangerous biomass by burning wood chips to boil water, providing heat to buildings in Northstar Village.
Transforming Waste Wood from Wildfire Hazard to Energy

For the good of Tahoe Truckee forests and communities, funders & local leaders rally to support Northstar Community Services District wood energy facility.

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‘Plastics Are Not the Tahoe Way’

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The City of South Lake Tahoe's single-use water bottle ban goes into effect for commercial vendors on Earth Day, April 22.

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Tahoe Conservancy Awards Two North Shore Grants to Improve Community Sustainability, Climate Resilience

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.—At its Tuesday April 16 meeting, the California Tahoe Conservancy Board approved two north shore grants:

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Call for Nominations for 2022-2023 Best in Basin Awards

LAKE TAHOE, Calif./Nev. – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is calling for nominations for projects completed in 2022 or 2023 that display outstanding environmental design to be recognized in the 31st annual Best in Basin awards program. Nominations are due …

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Town of Truckee Launches Dark Skies Photo Contest

TRUCKEE, Calif. –  The Town of Truckee is launching the first "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark" photo contest as part of an initiative to encourage residents to limit light pollution and enjoy the natural beauty of the night sky. …

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6 Million New Heat Pumps: Essential to California's Climate Future

Heat pumps, an energy-efficient way to both heat and cool homes, are a necessary element of California's climate goal of net zero carbon emissions. Here's what they are, how they work, and how to get one.

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Forest Service Announces Decision for Burke Creek Restoration

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in partnership with the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, issued the final decision for proposed restoration of Burke Creek on Lake Tahoe's southeastern shore. The purpose of …

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Town of Truckee Asks Residents to Join the Conversation About River Revitalization Efforts

TRUCKEE, Calif. – The Truckee River is an integral part of the community, an ecological gem that also provides a prime spot for recreation and fun. That is why Truckee Town Council established the River Revitalization Steering Committee (R2SC) in …

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Over $3 Million Available for Projects That Improve Air Quality in Placer County

AUBURN, Calif. – The Placer County Air Pollution Control District is accepting applications for projects that reduce localized air pollution.

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Young Climate Activists Create Over 100 Snowmen on Truckee’s Eagle Monument Plaza, Demand Climate Action.

TRUCKEE, Calif. – Sunday, March 24, young climate activists, members of the Tahoe Youth Action Team (TYAT), staged a unique "snowmen protest" in Truckee's Eagle Monument Plaza. Standing in front of a "Make Earth Cool Again" sign, over 100 snowmen …

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Bear Box Grant Program Now Available for Tahoe Basin Property Owners, Receive Up to $2,200

KINGS BEACH, Calif. – Placer County property owners in the Tahoe Basin can receive up to $2,200 to install a bear-resistant garbage can, also known as a bear box.


A smoky blanket of particulate matter hovers over San Francisco’s skyline.
Getting Acquainted With AQI
Learn what's getting into Californians’ lungs and why it matters.
A Pyrocumulus cloud generated by the Dixie Fire in July, 2021.
What is Fire 'Containment?' That and Other Terms, Explained
What does it mean when firefighters call a fire "contained?" Here's a brief guide to commonly used fire prevention terminology.
Water is a human right under California law, but it doesn’t always work out that way.
Agriculture and Water Shortages in the State’s Breadbasket, Explained
There are many causes contributing to this crisis. And as you may already know, this situation really is nuts.
RCDs look after the land, whether it’s used for grazing, growing, or getting out into nature.
California Dirt
RCDs were created to avoid a repeat of the Dust Bowl. Now they work with landowners to preserve the air, water and natural habitats that sustain us all.
Mosquitos kill about 725,000 people every year, worldwide.
Taking a Bite Out of the Mosquito Population
How local government tries to control the world’s deadliest wild animal—the mosquito.
Supercell storms are just one of many weather phenomena in the era of climate change.
The New Vocabulary of the Climate Change Era
As climate change causes more extreme and unusual weather, we need a new set of terms to describe the various phenomena
Over two weekends last October, residents of Santa Cruz and Watsonville  participated in demonstration rides aboard an electric streetcar on rails.
The ‘Rail Trail’ Movement, Explained
The heated controversy over what to do with abandoned railroad tracks
Moss Landing in Monterey Bay is the world’s largest battery storage facility for solar and other renewable energy.
Solar Power and California’s Clean Energy Goals
How the sun is helping push the state toward 100 percent renewable energy.
Just because record rains have been falling, the state’s water crisis remains.
What Is Drought? Probably Not What You Think
Recent torrential rains have helped, but California's drought is a long way from over.
From nitrates to arsenic to “forever chemicals,” California’s water supply faces a serious pollution threat.
Dirty Water: California Faces a Water Contamination Crisis
In a state that declares water a “human right,” more than 2 percent of its residents have no drinkable water.
They help feed the whole country, but life for California’s farm workers remains a struggle.
How California Feeds the Country
California, a state known for high-tech and show business glitz, is also America’s farming powerhouse.
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
From its earliest days as a state, California has been trying to turn marshes into productive land.
Kerry Wood, CEO of the Sacramento Region Community Foundation, says the organization researches areas of need to help donors direct their contributions.
What Is a Community Foundation?
By channeling funds to a number of nonprofits working on various issues in a given region, community foundations help solve big problems throughout California.
Since the Gold Rush era, land reclamation has cost California 90 percent of its wetlands.
How Land Reclamation Hurts California’s Environment
The hidden price tag of “reclaiming” swamps and marshes as usable land.
The Pajaro River levee broke during the 2023 atmospheric river storms, flooding the town of Pajaro.
Is California Ready for More Extreme Weather Driven by Climate Change?
Increasingly extreme weather events are already testing California’s preparedness.
Since 1972, the California Coastal Commission has ruled over the state’s shoreline.
California Coastal Commission: Where It Comes From, What It Does
How a nuclear plant, a real estate development and an oil spill led to a landmark law.
Long-duration energy storage, such as this thermal energy storage facility, allows renewable energy sources to operate at full capacity without overloading the power grid.
How California Leads the Race For Long Duration Energy Storage
For renewable energy sources such as solar and wind to be viable, ways to store the power they create are essential.
The Baldwin Hills area in South Los Angeles is one region where a state conservancy would keep open land accessible to the public.
California’s 10 State Conservancies: How They Protect Parks and Open Land
Starting in 1976, the legislature began creating agencies to buy up open land, and keep it open.
California has a goal of 6 million heat pumps cooling and heating buildings by 2030.
6 Million New Heat Pumps: Essential to California's Climate Future
Installing 6 million heat pumps by 2030 is essential if California is to reach its goal of net zero carbon emissions.
Does California’s signature environmental law protect the state’s scenic beauty, or cause more problems than it solves?
CEQA: The Surprising Story of CA’s Key Environmental Law
54-year-old environmental law is often blamed for causing the state’s housing crisis. Is it getting a bad rap?
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