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Emerald Bay camping to be discussed tonight

Amanda Fehd

California State Parks will push for an additional 10 to 20 buoys in Emerald Bay after controversy erupted earlier this summer over the department’s plan to enforce a state regulation against overnight mooring in undesignated areas.

The last of three meetings in which the public may comment to State Parks on its Emerald Bay plan will take place tonight at 6 at South Lake Tahoe City Council chambers.

The additional buoy field would be located based on a survey of the lake bottom, and would still need to be permitted by the State Lands Commission and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

State regulations prohibit camping overnight on water unless designated.

Hayden Sohm, superintendent for the Sierra District of State Parks, said in June his hands were tied by so-called TRPA regulations restricting overnight camping on Lake Tahoe.

TRPA backtracked in July and said it had no such regulation.

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Sohm conducted meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday in Tahoe City and Kings Beach and said the public had concerns but liked what he had to say.

“There was a lot of positive dialogue,” Sohm said. “There were a few concerns, but I think when they heard what we had to say, people knew where we were coming from and that we are providing an alternative.”

Sohm has received no comments in support of closing Emerald Bay to overnight camping.

If a buoy field is established, boats that stay overnight in undesignated areas would be cited, he said.

If you go

What: State Parks’ public meeting on Emerald Bay

When: Tonight, 6-8 p.m.

Where: South Lake Tahoe City Council chambers, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd.