Bill, regional plan do not adequately protect Lake Tahoe

Published: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 - 1:09 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Sep. 27, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Re "California-Nevada legislation moves Tahoe basin in the right direction" (Viewpoints, Sept. 20): When is a bill that weakens protections for the lake moving in the right direction?

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency official Clem Shute seems to place a higher priority on keeping Nevada happy than ensuring that future generations will enjoy Lake Tahoe's scenic beauty and pristine blue waters.

Gov. Jerry Brown endorses a new regional plan that encourages more pavement, taller buildings and traffic congestion, but is vague about dealing with the pollution of the air and water that all this new development will bring with it, relying on untested science and vague promises that everything will be fine. Tahoe needs a plan that does not take us back to an era of reckless development, but toward a future in which both states are committed first to protecting this treasured place for future generations.

-- Laurel Ames, S. Lake Tahoe

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