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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Do our elected leaders live in a cave?

I don’t know if my anger is greater than my disgust watching our elected leaders stand in front of Lake Tahoe and congratulate each other on the wonderful things they have done to protect Lake Tahoe when in fact they have done nothing effective that will prevent total destruction if just one zebra or quagga mussel enters the lake we all say we love.

They are pleased about the efforts to control or eradicate the Asian Clam and worried about the decrease in lake clarity. Is this some kind of joke? Are they living in a cave? I have written articles and presented my views to TRPA at least five times. Spending time and money on the Asian clam and worrying about lake clarity without putting all the resources in preventing an infestation of the zebra/quagga mussel is like worrying about low tire pressure when your engine needs oil.

The zebra or quagga mussel will “solve” the Asian clam problem and Lake Tahoe’s clarity will probably increase by a hundred per cent, but the price we will pay will be a loss of $22 million per year and within three years Lake Tahoe will be a cesspool.



Please don’t tell me about all the boat inspections. They are a waste of time, money, and worse of all they make you think you are doing something when in fact you are doing nothing. Ramp inspections with well trained inspectors and zebra-smelling dogs might help, but the inspections going on now are not using dogs and they close at 8 pm.

I guess by the tone of this my anger is greater than my disgust, but both of them combined do not equal the sadness I will feel if we do not save Lake Tahoe from the zebra/quagga mussel.



Leo J. Schools

Zephyr Cove


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