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from Jan 23, 2024 Meeting of the NV Legislature TRPA Oversight Committee, Carson City
LCB State of Nevada
January 23, 2024
Approximately 40 people from north, south, east and west shores of Lake Tahoe attended the January 23, 2024 meeting of the NV Legislature TRPA Oversight Committee to share their concerns about TRPA ethics and operations. Public comment period was cut short but these are the comments provided.
TRPA: stop endangering Tahoe's future
Mt. News, October 2023
This month’s guest column is on behalf of a consortium of Tahoe environmental organization.
Lindgren pulled no punches describing today’s wildfire and evacuation challenges. “Our west shore is very vulnerable. There’s only one way in and out and getting people out to the South and North – depending on the time of year – is challenging,” Deputy Almos said.
NDOT to move forward narrowing 'deadliest stretch,' protests continue
Tahoe Tribune 2023, July 16, 2023
Nevada Department of Transportation heard public comment on Monday, again, regarding the Highway 50 Corridor Management Plan which proposes to reduce a stretch of the thoroughfare from Spooner Summit to Stateline.
According to the NDOT website “U.S. 50 along the east shore of Lake Tahoe is a National Scenic Byway which experiences significant demands from a range of travelers including residents, visitors, recreationalists, commuters and regional traffic that combine for nearly 7 million trips annually.”
Tahoe Prosperity Center’s False Narrative
"Those hundred accidents that they say happen in that area each year, about a third of them are in Zephyr Cove, mostly due to the parking on the highway, people that are under the influence trying to get into their cars and walking down the middle of the highway. Stop the parking on the highway and clean up Zephyr Cove."
Over-development and over-tourism
Tahoe Tribune September 5, 2023, Letter to the Editor
I was struck by the sheer hubris of the TRPA’s Chairwoman Cindy Gustafson and Vice-Chairwoman Hayley Williamson in their recent Opinion piece. They say they are utilizing “science-based policies to manage growth”. All I see is over-development and over-tourism being promoted by their leadership.
The biggest and best thing that has been done to improve the Lake’s health in recent memory is a gift from God and God alone. The amazing snow pack and rain water of the 2022/23 Winter season blessed the Lake with huge volumes of crystal-clear water to materially increase the Lake’s clarity. TRPA did nothing to achieve that.
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Before a wildfire grew into an out-of-control blaze, the Forest Service decided to let it burn
CNN- Published 10:43 PM EDT, Fri July 23, 2023
The lightning-sparked Tamarack Fire, first discovered on July 4 in the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, was initially confined to a single tree burning on a ridgetop “with sparse fuels and natural barriers to contain it,” according to the Forest Service. Despite the Forest Service’s statement, which assured that the fire “poses no threat to the public, infrastructure or resource values,” the wildfire has since gone on to scorch 58,417 acres and at least 10 structures in California and Nevada.
Why evacuation is priority #1
Evidence shows U.S. Forest Service mismanagement contributed to California wildfire
60 Minutes, Oct 2, 2022
Grizzly Flats, California, was destroyed by fire in less than 15 minutes last year. Most residents there blame the U.S. Forest Service.
➔ Watch episode here.
US Forest Service: Burning the West on Purpose
Killing millions of wildlife and destroying air, water and habitat for future generations.
Caldor Fire: Roads packed after South Lake Tahoe ordered to evacuate; all national forests in California closed due to wildfires
Homes lost, roads packed after South Lake Tahoe ordered to evacuate due to Caldor Fire. Thousands of people rushed to leave after the iconic freshwater lake came under evacuation orders due to the raging Caldor Fire.
State of the lake
‘Super toxic’: What a team found 500 feet below Tahoe's surface
It’s no secret that Lake Tahoe has a trash problem, and local nonprofit Clean Up the Lake has pulled more than 61,000 pounds of debris from the lake since 2018. But as scuba divers are limited to a depth of about 60 feet, that leaves 1,584 feet of depths the organization can’t reach.
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