South Shore beaches unaffected by North Shore spill |

South Shore beaches unaffected by North Shore spill

South Shore beaches on Lake Tahoe are open and were not affected by a sewage spill on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.

The spill on Tuesday has been contained and poses no health concerns for any beaches at the South Shore of Lake Tahoe some 20 miles away, according to Lake Tahoe officials.

Ginger Huber, Tahoe Division Manager for El Dorado County Environmental Management, stated “It poses no health concerns for either beaches or drinking water.”

The spill represents only a half-mile of the 72-mile shoreline. Most beaches are open including all of the beaches on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe.

“The beaches on south shore are a safe, clean place to bring your family and enjoy swimming, fishing and boating,” said Patrick Kaler, executive director of the Lake Tahoe Visitor’s Authority.

The beaches on South Shore include Reagan, Pope, Tallac, Nevada, Kiva, El Dorado, Connolly, Camp Richardson, Zephyr Cove, Round Hill Pines, and Baldwin Beach. All of the beaches are great for swimming, sunbathing and sand sports.

The North Tahoe Public Utility District is mitigating effects of the spill and will be taking water-quality samples to ensure the water is safe before re-opening the affected beaches.

For updated information about the sewage spill, contact the District, headquartered in Tahoe Vista, California, at (530) 546-4212. The District will also post information about the closed beaches and re-openings, as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions on their official website,

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