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Tahoe a study for countries worldwide

Officials at Lake Tahoe Basin this week plan to share lessons learned with officials from Central Asia about protecting the environment while supporting a growing economy .

Twenty-four people from countries once part of the Soviet Republic will visit Lake Tahoe restoration projects and learn from environmental efforts at the basin.

The 12-day study tour, organized by Tahoe-Baikal Institute and the World Bank, will include officials such as the deputy finance minister for Uzbekistan and the chairman of the state forestry service of the Kyrgyz Republic.



The group will arrive at the basin Tuesday night after several days visiting with state officials in Sacramento and San Francisco.

The group will first go out on the lake with the Tahoe Research Group, which began studying the water of Tahoe in 1959. The tour will also include a visit to Taylor Creek, a meeting at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, lunch with Rochelle Nason, executive director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and a trip to Cold Creek.




“They came to us, but we’ve put a lot of work into it,” said Anthony Brunello, Tahoe-Baikal executive director. “What we’re pushing toward is developing more training, research and exchange. Spreading what we’ve learned at Tahoe to the whole world.”

The Tahoe-Baikal Institute was created in 1990 to help preserve two of the deepest Alpine lakes on the planet, Tahoe and Baikal, located across Mongolia and Russia.

Baikal is 395-miles long and is so deep, more than 5,700 feet, that it contains one-fifth of the world’s supply of fresh water. In comparison, Lake Tahoe is 12 miles across, 22-miles-long and 1,645-feet-deep.

The World Bank, which is based in Washington, D.C., and is an organization Brunello worked for in 1996, aims to reduce poverty, help countries develop and works to address global environmental issues.

To find out more about the study tour coming to Tahoe this week, go to http://www.tahoebaikal.org


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