Reid says $20.4 million to go to Lake Tahoe projects |

Reid says $20.4 million to go to Lake Tahoe projects

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than $20.4 million is in the 2002 Interior Appropriations spending bill for Lake Tahoe environmental projects, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Thursday.

Reid and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., got the funding commitment during an Interior Appropriations subcommittee markup of the bill.

”Years ago, I made a commitment to the people of Nevada that I would do everything in my power to restore and protect the health of Lake Tahoe,” Reid said in a press release.

”Today we have announced a major increase in federal resources aimed at preserving Lake Tahoe’s splendor for future generations. I am very pleased we were able to secure funding in this bill to manage the basin’s natural resources and to ensure the long-term preservation of the Lake’s inherent beauty.”

The Interior Appropriations bill calls for $6.6 million for environmentally sensitive land acquisition; $5 million for erosion control; $3 million for road improvements; $600,000 to thin vegetation; $250,000 to aid restoration of wetlands and riparian zones; $500,000 for management; and $600,000 for urban lot management.

”These restoration efforts will have a dramatic impact and will improve the water quality and clarity of Lake Tahoe,” said Reid, assistant majority leader. ”The projects funded in this bill will help nature heal itself.”

The Senate appropriations bill supported by Reid and Feinstein builds on the $3.9 million allocated in President Bush’s ficsal 2002 budget.

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