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

Free Citizen Scientist Tahoe Mobile App

Citizen Science Mobile AppThis is the coolest app ever.

Download the free UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center new Citizen Science Tahoe mobile app at CitizenScienceTahoe.org and help lake researchers by taking a few minutes to enter what you see at the beach, from algae to wildlife. Each observation automatically records the user’s location and the date and time.

Users can also add photos and their own comments, and they earn points for every observation made.

Science needs both sides of the story, so users are encouraged to report on what is good at the beach as well as anything that indicates problems, such as algae, shells, or litter.

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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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Free Summer Night Shuttles in North Shore

North Lake Tahoe Night Rider Bus ServiceHow cool is this…

This summer, riding the bus in North Shore at night is FREE until Sept 6, 2015.

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

 

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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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Tahoe Friendly Landscaping Free Water Conservation Workshops

Join the Tahoe Resource Conservation District and our local master gardeners for free conservation landscaping presentations this summer.  The free presentations include Tree Care during Drought, Understanding and Implementing Micro-irrigation, Native and Climate Appropriate Plants for the Landscape and Converting Lawn to a Water Wise Landscape the Easy Way.

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19th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit at Round Hill Pines Aug 24

2014 Lake Tahoe Summit

Nevada Senator Dean Heller is hosting the 19th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit on Monday, August 24 at Round Hill Pines Resort from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The theme of this year’s meeting of the community, political partners and government agencies will be “Connecting Lake Tahoe’s Environment and Economy through Innovation and Transportation.”

Since the Presidential Forum in 1997, the annual Lake Tahoe Summit has become an important yearly gathering of federal, state, and local leaders dedicated to the goal of restoring and sustaining Lake Tahoe as one of our most precious environmental treasures.

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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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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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Tahoe City Clean Up Day June 6

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

Local residents are banding together to tackle trash in Tahoe City, as part of a region wide clean-up effort across North Lake Tahoe and Truckee on Saturday, June 6. read more →

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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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The Asian Clam Invasion by Dr. Marion Wittmann

Over the past century, there have been a number of intentional and unintentional introductions of non-native species to Lake Tahoe.

UC Davis researchers recently discovered large populations of clams in some nearshore areas in South Lake Tahoe. It has been confirmed that these are the invasive species Corbicula fluminea, also known as the Asian clam.

It’s OK to pick up the clam shells on the beach to lessen the smell and population. read more →

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Community Clean Up Day June 6

The Annual Community Dump Day in South Lake Tahoe is Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 8am to 4pm.  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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Create Your Own Tahoe Tours with Cedar House

If you love to hike and indulge, then these trips are for you. T3 Adventures at Cedar House offers guided single and multi-day excursions year round in Lake Tahoe and beyond.

T3 utilizes the best in local knowledge, offering guests an authentic outdoor adventure. read more →

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How to keep your Indoor Air Quality Healthy

vent.JPGGreen sustainable buildings, as you have learned, are great at keeping in heat and keeping out cold.

What about the air inside a tight, warm cozy house?

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Aquatic Invasive Species Forum May 21 LT Golf Course

Tahoe Keepers Draft LogoWhat are homeowners in the Tahoe Keys doing to fight aquatic invasive species (AIS)? How successful was the pilot research project to reduce the Asian clam population in Emerald Bay, and what does it mean for future control projects? What does the latest research say about whether quagga mussels could survive in Lake Tahoe?

Experts will discuss these issues and more at the fifth annual Aquatic Invasive Species Public Forum, Thursday, May 21, at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course, 2500 Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe. The forum is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and offers a chance for the public to learn about AIS prevention and control programs at Lake Tahoe.

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Recycle your Old Fridge and get $35

This is so cool!

Liberty Energy will pick up your old refrigerator for FREE and pay you $35.

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Recycle your Rechargeable Batteries & Cell phones

recycle-bin.jpgDid you know…Consumers use an average of six wireless products in their day-to-day lives? Not sure that’s true in Tahoe, but the average cell phone is replaced (or upgraded) every 18 to 24 months. read more →

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Tahoe Boat Inspections: Clean Drain Dry Every time

Tahoe Boat Inspections MatterClean, Drain, and Dry your boats and kayaks before arriving.

Roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and paddle watercraft are open from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week at the following roadside spots.

  • Meyers: Uunction of US 50 and Highway 89
  • Spooner Summit: Junction of US 50 and Highway 28 in Nevada
  • Alpine Meadows: Highway 89, off Alpine Meadows Road north of Tahoe City

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South Lake Tahoe Earth Day April 25

Connect with community and honor mother Earth at the South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 25, from 10am to 3pm at the Bijou Community Park.

Get ready for juggling, dancing, stilt-walking, and clean fun.  Free admission, and don’t forget to ride your bike!

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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day April 18

Giant steps towards smaller footprints. The 2015 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is slated for Saturday, April 18, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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’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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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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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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