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Feds authorize $54 million for Lake Tahoe restoration

Associated Press and Adam Jensen, Tahoe Daily Tribune

U.S. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne is authorizing another $54 million in federal funds for restoration and conservation projects around Lake Tahoe.

The new funding includes $24 million for restoration projects and $30 million for improving the environment. It’s part of $140 million available from the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act.

Kempthorne joined U.S. Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California and Harry Reid of Nevada and other leaders at the 12th annual Lake Tahoe Summit today.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was also scheduled to attend, but pulled out at the last minute to have an injured knee examined at a Los Angeles hospital.

Reid, D-Nev., and Dianne Feinstein, D-California, today pledged for the reauthorization of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act that would continue environmental efforts to preserve and protect the lake’s famed clarity.

In addition, Feinstein said she has put in a $1.5 milllion funding request for a biomass plant in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The request is in the 2009 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.

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