Natural Resources reviews plan to save Tahoe |

Natural Resources reviews plan to save Tahoe

Sen. Lawrence Jacobsen, R-Minden, urged the Assembly Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining Committee to get on the Save Lake Tahoe bandwagon.

“I think for once we finally got out of the planning stage and into the action stage,” he said Wednesday in asking support for Assembly Bill 285.

That bill, which has already been presented to the Ways and Means Committee, authorizes the Division of State Lands to issue up to $56.4 million in bonds during the next decade to support erosion control, forestry, access, air and water pollution and other environmental projects in the Tahoe Basin.

Lands Administrator Pam Wilcox said that is Nevada’s share of the $908 million the Tahoe Presidential Forum concluded must be spent during the next 10 years to save the basin environment.

Nevada’s total share of that is $82 million. Wilcox said the state is already using the $20 million voters approved in 1996 and $5.6 million in highway and other money already dedicated to Tahoe projects – leaving $56.4 million.

By comparison, California’s share is $274.6 million and the federal government must come up with $296.8 million. Local governments are looking for sources for $100.9 million and private citizens in the basin have an estimated $152.5 million worth of projects to do on their property.

“Within the next 10 years, these things have to be done or we will pass the point of no return,” she said.

Assemblyman John Marvel, R-Battle Mountain, said he wants to know exactly what kinds of projects are planned, making it clear that that kind of money must produce solid results.

Wilcox said there is a long list of specific erosion control, stream restoration, wetlands and forest health projects already laid out and waiting for funding. She said the money will be used for specific projects and will show concrete results for lawmakers and the state.

The committee took no action on the measure.

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