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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee green businesses and eco-friendly tips.

Keep Tahoe Blue

KeepTahoeBlueThe League to Save Lake Tahoe is dedicated to protecting, restoring, and advocating for the ecosystem health and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The organization focuses on water quality and its clarity for the preservation of a pristine Lake for future generations.

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Tahoe Boat Inspections

Clean, Drain, and Dry your boats before arriving.

Roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft are officially open for the boating season.

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Your License to Protect the Place you Love

Tahoe Fund License PlatesHelp protect Lake Tahoe with a LT license plate.  Really.

Nevada and California Lake Tahoe license plates benefit conservation and recreation projects in the basin. On behalf of the California Tahoe Conservancy, the Tahoe Fund coordinated the very successful Plates for Powder winter license program, running from November 2013 till April 2014. read more →

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Beach Cleanup Day at Lake Tahoe Sept 20

While we all do our part every day, it’s fun to tap into the energy of the biggest Clean up day of the year with the entire world.

Volunteers are needed to help keep our waterways clean and blue by participating in the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day at Lake Tahoe on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

What a great excuse to go to the beach! read more →

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Changes at the Bottom of Lake Tahoe

Blind shrimp and stoneflies.

Researchers from the University of Nevada, Reno and UC Davis have recently found that substantial change has occurred at the bottom of Lake Tahoe over the past four decades. What is happening on the lake bottom and what changes are being found in the plant and animal communities that inhabit deep areas of the lake?

What is causing this change and how will it impact the overall health of the lake?

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Fall Paddle Day on the Lake Tahoe Water Trail Sept 20

Learn about Lake Tahoe’s natural habitat, watershed and cultural heritage during the annual Lake Tahoe Water Trail Fall Paddle Day on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

Meet at Pope Beach in South Lake Tahoe at 8 a.m.  to be on the water by 9 a.m. Different paddle groups will explore natural resources near the Upper Truckee River/Marsh or around Taylor Creek, or historic sites throughout South Shore and Emerald Bay. read more →

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Tahoe Prosperity Center Launches Broadband Assessment Effort

Tahoe Prosperity CenterThe Tahoe Prosperity Center (TPC), in their effort to facilitate the expansion of high speed internet service to the Lake Tahoe Basin, Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley, announced today the launch of their internet speed test and survey.

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Savoring the Moment with Slow Food Lake Tahoe

Local FoodiesSo what is Slow Food?

According to Slow Food USA, it’s “an idea, a way of living and a way of eating. It is a global, grassroots movement with thousands of members around the world that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment.”

With values like that, it’s no surprise we have a chapter based in Truckee.

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100 gallons of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil hauled out of Upper Truckee River

UTR Removal Event_August 5 2014 (1)Fourteen League to Save Lake Tahoe volunteers removed an infestation of invasive Eurasian watermilfoil from the Upper Truckee River near the Tahoe Keys Marina on August 5. About 100 gallons of the plant were hauled out from a 1,000-foot stretch of the river. The infestation was the first to be identified and removed by trained Eyes on the Lake volunteers. It was also the first confirmed new infestation discovered at Lake Tahoe in several years. A follow-up volunteer effort will take place later this month to ensure the infestation is completely gone.

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18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit at Valhalla Aug 19

2014 Lake Tahoe SummitSenator Dianne Feinstein will host the 18th annual Lake Tahoe Summit: Drought, Wildfire and Invasive Species: Confronting the Effects of Climate Change on Lake Tahoe Tuesday, August 19th at the Valhalla Estate in South Lake Tahoe. Registration will begin at 9:00 am and the main program at 10 am.

The summit is open to the public and will feature remarks from Senator Feinstein, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. California Governor Jerry Brown will offer a keynote address. read more →

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Markleeville Creek Cleanup Day August 23

The Alpine Watershed Group is holding its annual Markleeville Creek Cleanup Day on Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10am to 2pm.

The fun starts at the Alpine County Library, where you’ll learn about the watershed and restoration activities.

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Adopt a Beach Sept 1-5

Adopt a BeachRegular beach cleanup is one of the easiest ways to help our most valuable resource. Debris on the beaches and streets can easily find its way to the lake and adversely impact lake clarity, water quality, and native plants and wildlife. Public participation in beach cleanups is part of basin-wide environmental stewardship initiatives.

Help out September 1 through 5, 2014, 9 am – 12 pm at 4H Camp Beach, Tahoe Shores, Nevada Beach, and Round Hill Pines.  Thank you!

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Tahoe Keepers Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invaders

Tahoe-Keeper-kayaker-side-view-by-Peter-SpainProtect your favorite place. Protect your favorite pastime.

Become a Tahoe Keeper and help protect Lake Tahoe from aquatic invasive species (AIS) that can ruin our pristine waters and gear.

Learn how to stop the transfer of AIS to Tahoe and Truckee water bodies by self-inspecting and decontaminating your boats and gear after each use.   It’s easy and it matters. read more →

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Truckee Watercraft Inspections prevent Aquatic Invaders. It’s Easy. It Matters.

Hey Truckee boaters. We didn’t leave you out. You – yes, you – can help prevent the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) in Truckee and Tahoe water bodies with free and voluntary boat inspections at Donner Lake, and Boca, Prosser and Stampede Reservoirs May through September.

We’re all in this boat together and these power boat and paddler inspections are easy, and above all, they matter. Come prepared – Clean, Drained and Dry and you’ll sail right through.  Learn more at www.TahoeBoatInspections.com. read more →

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Bear Boxes with Art & Soul by Bob

bearboxes-by-bob Bob had a great idea.

Growing up in Kings Beach you see, Bob always shared something in common with his neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Bear.

Trash.

Yes, Bob loves trash.

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UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe 2014 Green Thumb Talks

Join the Tahoe Resource Conservation District and our local master gardeners for free conservation landscaping presentations this summer at demonstration gardens in Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe Community College and Incline Village.

The free Green Thumb Gardening presentations include backyard composting, vegetable gardening, native plant gardening, and more throughout the summer.

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A New Moon for more than 30 Years

Talk about a Tahoe classic featuring locally made products.

New Moon Natural Foods has been open in Tahoe City for 30 years. Wow!

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What’s Green About That? by Bret Hackett

Green Tahoe LEED Gold Home by Bret HackettHis attention to detail and endless pursuit of knowledge to protect the things he loves are well known by everyone who has had the pleasure to ski, bike, kayak or climb with him.

Following family and friends, Bret’s passions include protecting the playground he enjoys daily by practicing what he preaches, and through his new green business, Healthy Home Consultants.

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Vegetable Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale at LTCC June 7

Can we grow food up here? We can. And it’s fun, too! But… Which plants to choose? And when to plant them? What to do about our terrible soils and crazy weather?

Learn more at the Vegetable Gardening Seminar and Plant Sale at the Lake Tahoe Community College Demonstration Garden on Saturday, June 7, 9 am -1 pm. read more →

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North Lake Tahoe Clean Up Day June 7

Kings Beach Clean Up DayAfter the snow melts, the trash that was pushed aside remains. Well, now it’s time to pick it up!

On Saturday, June 7, over 100 volunteers in Kings Beach, Tahoe Vista, Carnelian Bay and Crystal Bay will take to the streets to pick up trash prior to the busy summer season. read more →

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Community Clean Up Day in South Shore is Saturday May 31

The Annual Community Dump Day in South Lake Tahoe is Saturday, May 31, 2014.  S­outh Shore r­esidents c­an d­ump a regular­ s­ize p­ickup t­ruckload f­or $5­. U­Hauls a­nd other tr­ailers w­ill b­e p­riced a l­ittle h­igher. N­evada r­esidents p­ay $1­0 p­er t­ruckload.

Load  your regular size pickup full of mattresses, old couches and junk and dump it. Refrigerators are only $15 and you can dump all of your e-waste for free!  Nevada residents can participate for $10 per load!

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Friends of Hope Valley Work Day and Benefit June 7-8

Friends of Hope ValleyJoin the Friends of Hope Valley on its annual work party day on Saturday, June 7th  9:00AM at Pickett’s Junction.

This is a day for all ages and abilities to participate in. Workers will meet at Pickett’s junction (corner of Hwy 88 and Hwy 89) in beautiful Hope Valley to connect with the work party of choice. read more →

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Volunteers Adopt-a-Tahoe-Beach Program June 15-Sept 15

Make it a family affair.

Local agencies are partnering to launch an “Adopt-a-Beach-Tahoe” program that will coordinate beach clean up dates regularly from June 15 to September 15.

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Aquatic Invasive Species Forum May 22

We are so spoiled.  We have NO ticks, fleas, poison oak, poisonous snakes, thorns, and no Quagga and Zebra mussels – yet.

These nasty mussels are a few of the destructive Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) that threaten to ruin the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe, and our surrounding lakes and streams.  AIS can also ruin our favorite boating and fishing pastimes, our gear and economy. Thanks to the watercraft inspections and education efforts implemented by the TRPA, Tahoe RCD, USFS, and other agencies and community folks we’ve been able to ward off the mussels, and fight the further spread of existing AIS.  But everyone must do more.

Learn how you can help and how to become a Tahoe Keeper at a free public forum on Thursday May 22rd from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences located at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village, Nevada (on the campus of Sierra Nevada College).

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Help Stop the Spread of Weeds in Lake Tahoe

It’s an ugly subject, but all of us can help stop the Eurasian watermilfoil weed from strangling Lake Tahoe, and the transfer of these weeds into other lakes, streams and rivers in the Tahoe Basin.

Currently, there is no Eurasian watermilfoil or curly leaf pondweed in Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lake and Spooner Lake.  Let’s keep it that way.

Paddlers and motorized boaters can follow a few simple steps to stop the spread. read more →

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Green Building 1.0 – An easy to follow guide

Natural Energy Designs in South Lake TahoeTruckee and Tahoe are breeding grounds for green building. It’s part of our lifestyle. Healthy living, conservation and low maintenance so we can play more!

Green building sounds complicated, until you read the following article by Geoff Clarke, a South Lake Tahoe green building contractor, and co-owner of Natural Energy Designs. read more →

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Annual Snapshot Day in Truckee May 11

The annual Snapshot Day is a volunteer event that takes a picture of one moment in time of our watershed: the greater Truckee River.

Volunteer monitoring teams will go out to various monitoring sites to perform a stream walk (visual assessment), collect field data, grab samples and take photos. Streams will be field tested for dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, and temperature. read more →

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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day April 19

Giant steps towards smaller footprints. The 2014Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Village at Squaw Valley.

This all ages, community-sponsored event gives participants an opportunity to learn about recycling/composting, alternative energy, sustainability, watershed and forest health, and reducing ecological footprints via a diverse array of agency representatives and earth-friendly vendors.  read more →

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South Lake Tahoe Earth Day April 26

Connect with community and honor mother Earth at the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 26, from 10am to 4pm at the Bijou Community Park.

Bring your dancing shoes because Ryan Palmer, the Lake Tahoe DJ, and Lonesome Locomotive will set the stage for juggling, dancing, stilt-walking, and aerial performances with the Willy Woggle Circus.  Free admission, and don’t forget to ride your bike!

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Tahoe’s Wind Powered Ski Resorts

Running a ski resort takes a lot of energy. Lifts, snow making, lights, etc. Just so we can have fun and be comfortable.

But electricity causes pollution, right? Not if you tap into the wind like some of our ski resorts. read more →

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2013 Lake Spirit Award Winners

Tom CarterEight individuals who display strong personal commitment to protecting and restoring Lake Tahoe have been recognized in December 2013 by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) during the third annual Lake Spirit Awards ceremony at the Agency’s Governing Board meeting in Stateline.

The Lake Spirit Awards honor real people making real progress at restoring Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Sustainability Film Festival at SNC Nov 7-9

The 2nd Annual Sustainability Film Festival is an innovative and exciting collaborative series of films designed to generate awareness, conversation, and debate around current issues in sustainability.

The free Festival takes place at Sierra Nevada College, November 7 through 9, 2013, starting with a screening of the film Chasing Ice.  A special afternoon of films appropriate for families and children ages 7-12 takes place at the Incline Village Public Library on Nov. 6, 4 – 5:30 p.m. read more →

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Public Input Sought on Top Stewardship Messages for Protecting Lake Tahoe

Welcome to My Home Gary BellThe Lake Tahoe Outreach Collaborative has launched a survey to find out what the public thinks are the most important things people can do to help protect Lake Tahoe.

The survey results will be used to inform the creation of a new Environmental Stewardship Messaging campaign for the Tahoe region. The survey takes five minutes to complete and can be found online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TahoeTruckeeStewardship.

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Free Night Shuttles in North Shore thru Sept 2

North Lake Tahoe Night Rider Bus ServiceHow cool is this…

This summer, riding the bus in North Shore at night is FREE!

From 7 pm to midnight throughout North Lake Tahoe.  Click here for the schedule.

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Volunteer Docents Needed for Environmental Education at Tahoe

Do you love Lake Tahoe and have an interest in learning more about the lake? Do you enjoy science, learning new information, and sharing your knowledge?

Residents who would like to help people learn about the region’s environmental assets and challenges are needed to serve as volunteer docents at the Thomas J. Long Foundation Education Center and the UC Davis Eriksson Education Center. The first two docent training classes will be held on June 19 and June 21, 2012.

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Free E-Waste Recycle at South Lake Tahoe Middle School Aug 17-18

EwasteBusinesses and individuals are invited to recycle specific electronics at the South Lake Tahoe Middle School on August 17 and 18, 2013 between 9am and 3pm.

Check the list first.  Free to California residents.

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Sustainable Turf Care and Turf Conversion Workshop June 5 & 8

Turf careWhile lawns are great for defensible space and aesthetics, they are also the most water intensive landscaping option and a major polluter of the lake.

Not to mention – a time waster….if you’d rather be playing.

Learn more at the Sustainable Turf Care and Turf Conversion Workshop June 5th, 6:30-8 p.m. at South Tahoe PUD and June 8th, 9-10:30 a.m. sponsored by the Tahoe RCD, South Tahoe PUD, and UCCE Lake Tahoe Master Gardeners.

 

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The Basics of Organic Gardening in the High Sierra by Eric Larusson of Villager Nursery

“To me gardening is leisure, meditation and occasional work.  It is seldom laborious or tedious. I do resent time wasted pulling weeds and I have aggression “issues” over neighbors who propagate dandelions. I desire my garden to be carefree and lush. There are a few easy organic methods that civilized man has used for millennia to achieve the “carefree” aspect of gardening. Soil is “the root of all good”.  Eric Larusson, Villager Nursery

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Keep Tahoe Blue Invasive Weed Pull at Van Sickle Bi-State Park May 22

Keep Tahoe Blue Tahoe CultureJoin the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the California Tahoe Conservancy for the first volunteer invasive weed pull of the season on the evening of Wednesday, May 22, 2013 to remove noxious invasive Cheatgrass from Van Sickle Bi-State Park.

Cheatgrass, Bromus tectorum, is an invasive annual grass that has the ability to draw down soil nutrients and water levels in the soil making it difficult for native species to compete and survive; it also creates a fire hazard. Help remove this invasive species and create better habitat for Tahoe’s native plants and animals. read more →

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Truckee Home and Building Show & Sierra Recreation Expo May 25-26

For almost two decades, the Truckee Home and Building Show has been the place to learn about green building practices that fit in Tahoe, Truckee and the Sierra Nevada.  The show has been expanded to include the Sierra Recreation Expo.

Now you can find everything you need to build or remodel your mountain home and explore the vast array of recreational opportunities available at Lake Tahoe, Truckee and the surrounding High Sierra.

Check out all the buzz May 25-26, 2013. read more →

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Truckee Trail Updates 24/7

truckee-trails-foundationThis is so cool.

The Truckee Trails Foundation website provides updates on the mountain bike trail, roads and bikeway conditions in North Shore and Truckee.

Each trail update includes an open status, trail type, difficulty, directions to the trail head, and a description of the trail – written by a local who knows the trail.

And, there’s even a Google Map for each dirt trail so you can pinpoint your ride. Sweet!

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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows Help to Launch “Green Bucks” Program

Tahoe FundSquaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have joined with the Tahoe Fund and the Truckee River Watershed Council to help launch the new Green Bucks program. Green Bucks is a dollar donation program designed to harness the passion of visitors and residents in order to help care for the region’s extraordinary environment.

Squaw and other local businesses have committed to collecting dollar donations on room nights, season passes, lift tickets, golf rounds and other items to help improve the area’s natural environment. read more →

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Friends of Squaw Creek Community Biology Forum March 23

Friends of Squaw CreekThe Friends of Squaw Creek (FoSC) organization is offering a free forum, which is open to the public, on the biology of Squaw Creek that will feature three experts. Taking place at the Squaw Valley Public Services District meeting room (305 Squaw Valley Main Road) on March 28, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

The discussion will feature local fisheries biologist, Ian Chan, Northern California Field Director for Trout Unlimited, David Lass, and principal of Sound Watershed, Mike Liquori. The forum will engage discussion on Squaw Creek’s historic and current status, along with opportunities for future environmental improvements. There will be a public question and answer session. read more →

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Elevated Fitness is First Carbon-neutral Gym in the U.S.

Elevated Fitness in South Lake Tahoe, California, creates electricity through human power. From their spin bikes to their water-rowers, all of Elevated Fitness’ cardio equipment use small generators and inverters that capture the human energy and convert it to usable electricity that is delivered back to the grid. Because they generate more power than they consume, Elevated Fitness becomes only the third carbon-neutral gym on the entire planet, and the only one in the United States.

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Lake Tahoe’s Underwater, a disturbing new world

The underwater world of Lake Tahoe is disturbingly full of strange, new life. And it’s not good news according to Alpengroup’s founder Phil Caterino.

But there is a solution!

Everyone can help by inspecting and decontaminating their watercraft, gear and fishing gear before you enter any waters in the Lake Tahoe basin.  We’re all in this boat together.

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Did you know…We have One of the ‘Greenest’ Buildings in the World?

That’s right.

Located in Incline Village, the U.C. Davis Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building has received a Platinum LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

What a perfect tribute to our preservation efforts.

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Green Holidays Presentation Dec 12 at LTCC

Please join Rose on Wednesday, December 12th from 6pm to 8pm for a hands on presentation to create a more sustainable holiday.  The interactive presentation will cover a variety of topics related to how to, and why we can make a positive impact on our local communities.
This event will cover definitions related to sustainability, how conventional consumerism impacts people, economies and communities, how to “Green” our holidays, travel, resourcing and more.
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Annual Keep Sierra Clean Day Oct 21

Sierra-at-Tahoe’s annual Keep Sierra Clean day will take place October 21, 2012 from 10am to 3pm and has set a target of collecting more than 2,000 lbs of trash.

Friends, family, local ski and snowboard teams, and dedicated passholders turn out to show their love for the mountain by giving their time and effort to keep it beautiful. read more →

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Asian Clam Control Project in Emerald Bay starts Oct 17

Tahoe boaters may experience a short delay when entering Emerald Bay due to an Asian clam control project scheduled to begin on October 17 (weather permitting) and the deployment of bottom barriers which will take 4 to 6 weeks to complete.

A TRPA boat will be on hand to help direct boat traffic in and out of Emerald Bay during the installation.

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North Tahoe Green Building Tour Oct 17

Fall Home Tour

On October 6th, the Sierra Green Building Association (SiGBA) is having their much anticipated annual Green Building Tour. This year’s tour features 4 sites, commercial and residential, each with their own unique approach to low-impact design, construction, and occupant lifestyle.

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