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Symposium will focus on Lake Tahoe research

Andy Bourelle

Leading researchers and government agencies will gather at Lake Tahoe later this month to share information about current research and to identify opportunities to integrate research activities in the future.

The public is invited to attend the two-day Lake Tahoe Basin Research Symposium scheduled Oct. 20 and 21.

“I think this is important because we do have this sense of urgency here. We have an idea what actions are needed in the next 10 years – actually next nine years now – to save the lake’s clarity,” said Jane Freeman, Lake Tahoe Basin coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “We need to make sure science is supporting the actions we’re taking.”

Sponsored by the University of California, Davis; The University of Nevada, Reno; U.S. EPA; U.S. Geological Survey; U.S. Forest Service; and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the symposium is expected to allow participants a better understanding of how research institutions and government agencies can set a new direction for greater collaboration and coordination of future research activities.

Scientists have been studying Lake Tahoe’s watershed for years. However, more research was generated out of the 1997 Presidential Forum at Lake Tahoe. Some results of research started after the summit should be revealed at the symposium.

“What we need to do has been identified in the (Environmental Improvement Program). This is an opportunity to have all the different players sit in the same area,” said Jim Baetge, executive director of the TRPA. “We’re all working toward the same goals and it has to be a collaborative process. A lot of that is happening now, but this is one more opportunity to make sure we’re doing this right.”

Day 1 will be occupied by numerous presentations. Day 2 will primarily have small-group discussion on subjects including water quality, forest health, air quality, research, socio-economics and public involvement.

“We encourage people to come if they have the time, interest and opportunity, even if just for parts of it,” Freeman said. “The community needs to be brought in to this whole picture.”

Baetge agreed.

“Understanding the science behind what has to happen at Lake Tahoe is good for anybody,” he said.

Another symposium is tentatively scheduled for some time in January.

“This will be the first of multiple symposiums to help provide process for collaboration,” Freeman said. “It’s another good stepping stone to help build this collaborative process.”

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What: Lake Tahoe Basin Research Symposium

When: 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 20 and 21

Where: North Tahoe Conference Center, Kings Beach

Cost: Free

Information: Call Jane Freeman at the TRPA, (702) 588-4547

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Presentations will include:

Lake Tahoe Water Clarity Model: A Tool for Integrative Watershed Management; The Federal Partnership Role in Lake Tahoe Research; Bio-statistical Evaluation of Long-Term Lake Clarity Record; The Emission of Gasoline into Lake Tahoe from Various Types of Watercraft; Historical Trends, Sources and Current Status of Air Quality; Forest Health and Structure; and Bark Beetle Pheromone Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Presenters will include:

John Reuter, Tom Cahill and Charles Goldman from the University of California, Davis;

Glenn Miller and Dennis Murphy from the University of Nevada, Reno; Mike Shulters and Carol Boughton from U.S. Geological Survey; and Hal Salwasser from the U.S. Forest Service.

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