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Oversight committee to review Tahoe progress

Patrick McCartney

At a glance:

What: Second meeting of the Nevada oversight committee reviewing the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

When: Friday, 9 a.m.

Where: Lakeside Inn & Casino, Highway 50 at Kingsbury Grade

Nevada legislators reviewing the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will meet in Stateline Friday to evaluate how local governments are meeting their responsibility to improve Lake Tahoe’s environment.

The second in a series of oversight meetings, Friday’s session will focus on the TRPA’s Environmental Improvement Program and on issues relating to transportation in the Tahoe Basin.

Jim Baetge, the agency’s executive director, will deliver a “State of the Agency” address at the beginning of the meeting.

Following his remarks, the legislative panel will listen to representatives from California, local governments and the private sector describe efforts to implement the TRPA’s $908.6 million improvement plan. The 10-year blueprint for achieving nine environmental standards calls for the federal government and California to each spend about $300 million during the decade, with the state of Nevada, local governments and the private sector contributing smaller amounts.

Representing local governments will be Supervisor Jim Galloway of Washoe County and Commissioner Don Miner of Douglas County. Both are also on the TRPA governing board. Also addressing the committee will be Dick Mieldazis, vice chair of the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District.

Dennis Machita, executive officer of the California Tahoe Conservancy, will describe California’s contributions, while Stan Hansen and Lewis Feldman will report on private-sector actions.

Transportation specialists scheduled to testify include Richard Hill and Kevin Cole of the Tahoe Transportation District; Senior Transportation Planner Richard Wiggins of the TRPA; Dick Powers and Jennifer Merchant of the Truckee-North Tahoe Transportation Management Association; and Steve Teshara of the Lake Tahoe Transportation and Water Quality Coalition.

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