Second symposium slated |

Second symposium slated

It may not be the new “Star Wars” movie, but it is a highly anticipated sequel – at least as far as Lake Tahoe researchers and government agencies are concerned.

A two-day Lake Tahoe Basin Research Symposium – the second of four planned symposia – is scheduled to be held on South Shore in early February.

“We’re going to be building off of the work done at the last symposium to come up with plans for the Tahoe Basin,” said Jane Freeman, Lake Tahoe Basin coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The first Lake Tahoe Basin Research Symposium, held in October 1998, included presentations from various agencies, including the University of California, Davis; University of Nevada, Reno; U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Geological Survey. They talked about historical, current and future research activities.

The goal of the second symposium is to share information, discuss research needs and collaborate on planning further research. Officials hope to find a way to make information available to everyone involved in Tahoe research.

While the first symposium included hours of presentations from various researchers, the second symposium will include more discussions, with two large “fish bowl” groups and other discussion groups focusing on water quality, air quality, transportation, forest health, habitat and more.

Officials scheduled to talk in the fish bowl discussions include Hal Salwasser, the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station director; Leo Poppoff of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Advisory Planning Commission; Rick Cronk, TRPA governing board member; Jim Baetge, executive director of TRPA; Dennis Machida, executive director of the California Tahoe Conservancy; and Rochelle Nason, executive director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

“We’re going to be having a lot of dialogue, trying to hear from a number of different interests,” Freeman said. “I think that is going to be a really exciting thing for the public to come in and listen to.”

The symposia are sponsored by UC Davis, UNR, EPA, USGS, the Forest Service and TRPA.

What: Lake Tahoe Basin Research Symposium

When: Feb. 10, 7 to 10 p.m.; Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Horizon Casino Resort, Stateline

Information: Call Jane Freeman at (775) 588-4547, ext. 248, or e-mail her at

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