LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Environmental agencies must think of the future Tahoe generations
June 17, 2010
I think the views shared in the papers lately about the future of Lake Tahoe are extremely important, but there’s a missing element: young families have an enormous stake in Lake Tahoe’s future. We don’t want our kids to inherit a blighted town with a brown, murky lake. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency might be on the right track in thinking a sustainable, healthy environment needs a healthy economy and a vibrant community, but right now we don’t have any of these. The League to Save Lake Tahoe, with a board made up of second-homeowners, wants the healthy environment, but they don’t care about the local economy and quality schools. League board members work and send their children to school elsewhere.
By admitting that fixing the lake will require fixing the dilapidated buildings around town, TRPA has been painted as a pro-development agency. Anyone who has gotten a permit lately, whether a homeowner or business, knows this to be false. The scientific fact is that changes must be made to the built environment if we ever want to save Lake Tahoe. We have an opportunity to help the lake and leave a better community for our kids at the same time. Let’s not let fear tactics by some stop us from working together for solutions.
South Lake Tahoe