Too much pork bad for Tahoe bill’s health |

Too much pork bad for Tahoe bill’s health

When U.S. Sen. Harry Reid safeguarded $10 million for Nevada projects last week, several million dollars of that was for Lake Tahoe.

“Nevadans and visitors around the world flock to Lake Tahoe for its breathtaking beauty, but without changes the lake is in danger of being ruined,” said Reid, D-Nev. “This legislation contains $1 million for erosion control, funding for the purchase of sensitive lands around the lake and $75,000 to upgrade or close roads which allow sediment to run off into the lake, decreasing water clarity.”

A House-Senate Conference on the fiscal year 2000 Interior Appropriations bill met last week to work out differences in the Houses’ versions of the bill. Reid, who sits on the committee, said he was able to keep the Nevada-related proposals from being eliminated.

David Cherry, spokesman for Reid, said all that remains is for the president to sign the bill. However, it’s possible issues connected to the bill but unrelated to Tahoe could lead to a veto.

The Lake Tahoe projects that could be affected include:

n About $750,000 is appropriated for watershed restoration work.

n About $1 million is supposed to be used for erosion-control projects along roadways in Douglas and El Dorado counties.

n For closing and improving dirt roads in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the bill could provide $750,000.

n For purchasing sensitive land in the basin, $3 million could be appropriated.

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