Democrat Harry Reid and Republican John Ensign don’t agree that often. But testifying before a Senate committee, they both said the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2009 is critical to protecting the lake. The bill authorizes Congress to spend more than $400 million over eight years for fuels reduction, storm water management and watershed restoration. Reid says it’s critical for the region’s economy.
Reid: "This legislation makes science a priority, calls for better management of public lands in the Lake Tahoe Basin and takes aggressive action against the threats that were simply unthinkable ten years ago."
The bill is supported by all four of Nevada and California’s U.S. Senators. It includes $20 million for a watercraft inspection program aimed at keeping invasive species out of the lake. A companion bill would promote Lake Tahoe’s tourist industry.