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Pathway 2007 is $20 million investment for Tahoe’s future

Now that Pathway 2007 is underway, officials are optimistic the planning process’ $20 million budget will be covered by grants and government funds.

Tahoe public agencies have launched this collaborative planning process in an effort to chart a vision for the Tahoe environment for the next 20 years. Partner agencies include the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, U.S. Forest Service, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection.

The total $20 million Pathway budget includes all research, future scientific monitoring of research studies, environmental documentation, staff time for several public agencies, and public outreach and collaboration expenses.



Funding sources for the program come from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, the state of California, the state of Nevada, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act and the Bureau of Reclamation

According to Forest Service Public Information Officer Rex Norman, the $20 million figure shouldn’t be looked at as a lump sum.




“The $20 million figure estimate goes back a couple of years ago,” Norman said. “It’s what was estimated to be the cost of the research over the next few years to have a plan in place by the projected year 2007.”

That research includes a lake clarity model, a groundbreaking watershed model for Lake Tahoe prepared by world-class scientists, air quality studies, land use mapping, an air deposition model, noise analysis study, a soils and land coverage inventory and a forest vegetation analysis, Norman said.

TRPA Communications Director Julie Regan said that the Pathway plans will address and hopefully answer many questions, including how much additional development will take place at Lake Tahoe by the year 2027, what kind of growth is on the horizon, what will be the state of lake clarity, forest health, and what will be the state of water quality and recreation on the lake by 2027.

“We also have to see how regional plans address the threat of catastrophic wildfires in the Lake Tahoe Basin, how the Lake Tahoe agencies revise their long-range plans to create a unified vision for Tahoe’s future and how will the lake’s startling beauty be preserved while maintaining quality of life for those who live and visit here,” she said.

Working together, the goal for 2007 is to have each agency’s regional plans completed and to be consistent with one another.

Pathway 2007 is providing the public with an unprecedented opportunity to help create a vision for the Tahoe basin, Regan said.


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