Attorneys general pledge Lake Tahoe support |

Attorneys general pledge Lake Tahoe support

by Andy Bourelle

The Attorney General’s offices from both Nevada and California will continue to work together to help efforts to preserve the declining clarity of Lake Tahoe, officials said Thursday.

“We’re always happy to work with California,” said Nevada Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa on Thursday at Zephyr Cove Marina. “It’s very customary for these two offices to work together. It’s a win-win situation for all of us.”

Del Papa and California Attorney General Bill Lockyer spent a portion of the afternoon on the John LeConte – the University of California, Davis Tahoe Research Group vessel used in measuring Lake Tahoe’s clarity – learning about water quality issues. It was part of a several-day-long meeting where the two would discuss various issues relating to both states, including school violence prevention and gas price investigations.

One of the reasons for the trip on Lake Tahoe, Del Papa said, is to better inform the newly elected Lockyer on the issues facing the lake. As a former secretary of state, Del Papa has served on the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and is already familiar with many of the issues surrounding Lake Tahoe’s degradation.

Soon after coming into office, Lockyer announced he would join the lawsuit TRPA was facing concerning motorized watercraft. Soon after that, Del Papa also joined. Since then, the lawsuit has been settled, and the ban on certain types of craft that facilitated the suit is less than two weeks from going into effect.

Lockyer said Thursday that he felt their intervention made a significant difference in settling the suit and making sure cleaner-burning watercraft are used on the lake.

Both offices have intervened in another suit TRPA currently faces filed more than a decade ago by the Tahoe Sierra Preservation Council.

“There’s a need for aggressive enforcement of the regulations that try to limit future pollution and curtail runoff to Lake Tahoe,” he said. “It’s an ongoing effort to see these agreements enforced and done in a sensible way.”

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