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$2 million set aside for water improvements

The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board will make $2 million available for water-quality improvements in the Tahoe Basin, the state water regulator announced this week.

Individuals and agencies have until March 6 to submit proposals to Lahontan for funding.

The money is being made available from the Tahoe Keys Mitigation Fund, created in 1982 to restore some of the environmental damage caused by the dredging of the Upper Truckee delta to create the Tahoe Keys. Allocations from the fund had been held up for years by legal challenges from Tahoe Keys residents.

In announcing that the money is now available, the Lahontan agency identified six criteria it will use to evaluate proposals. To be successful, projects should be located in the Upper Truckee River watershed, use demonstrated technology, reduce sediments and nutrients entering Lake Tahoe, not require acquisition of land, be eligible for matching funds and be completed in the short run.

Harold Singer, Lahontan’s executive officer, said the money will assist efforts to restore Lake Tahoe.

“We’re looking forward to fund good projects that will improve water quality,” Singer said. “This is a real opportunity for persons and agencies to pull together to enhance Lake Tahoe.”

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