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Lake Tahoe Could Get $415 Million for Restoration

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
By James Morrison
A similar bill a decade ago helped the Tahoe area leverage an additional one billion dollars in restoration funds. 
Jeff Cowen is the community liaison for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.  He says the money has helped stabilize the Lake's clarity at 70 feet. 
"We've seen a flattening in the trend over the last seven years that has shown that we are turning a corner on the clarity loss at Lake Tahoe," Cowen said.
Rochelle Nason (NAY-sun) is the executive director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe.
"We've also seen bad news," Nason said.  "And that is through the aquatic invasive species problem."
Nason says Asian Clams have invaded the lake since the original bill was passed in 2000, and environmentalists fear a Quagga Mussel infestation. 
She says restoration projects have made great strides, but additional federal funding is crucial for preserving the lake's ecosystem.      
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