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Federal spending bill contains money for Tahoe

Jeff Munson, Tribune city editor

President Bush has signed off on a major federal spending measure, which includes funding for Lake Tahoe.

Restoration efforts at the lake will receive $20.9 million for this year, according to a press statement issued by U.S. Rep. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin.

The Omnibus Appropriations Bill was signed by the president on Thursday.

Appropriations spending approved by President Bush for Lake Tahoe include:

n $16 million for Lake Tahoe restoration projects and environmental enhancements in the Lake Tahoe area for erosion control, vegetation management and other purposes associated with preserving lake clarity and forest health in the Tahoe Basin.

n $4.5 million for riparian restoration projects at Lake Tahoe managed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

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n $200,000 for the Backyard Conservation Program that provides technical assistance on backyard water contaminant and nutrient management.

n $200,000 for a soil survey in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

“This funding once again demonstrates my commitment to the wise management of our precious natural resources,” Doolittle said in a press statement. “Lake Tahoe is a natural treasure and this funding should go a long way to protecting it for future generations.”