Two-year anniversary of forum will have event |

Two-year anniversary of forum will have event

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid Thursday announced his plans to hold a workshop in August to celebrate the two-year anniversary of the 1997 Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum.

“It is important every year to re-convene all the key partners in the Lake Tahoe Basin,” Reid, D-Nev, said in a news release.

President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore visited Lake Tahoe in 1997, and since then federal, state and local officials have been trying to come up with money to pay for environmental restoration projects needed to save the declining clarity of Lake Tahoe.

Reid, the main organizer of the original summit, said this year’s event will focus on the bill he and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are sponsoring, which is supposed to be able to bring $300 million to Tahoe projects over the next 10 years.

Additionally, this year’s workshop is to focus on the strong financial support the states of Nevada and California have given the effort to save Lake Tahoe.

“The presidential forum at Lake Tahoe two years ago sparked a spirit of cooperation between all the different participants,” Reid said. “From the federal government, to state and local government, to business leaders, residents and environmental organizations, there has been a remarkable collaboration focusing on a common goal: to preserve and protect Lake Tahoe. But just as important as the actual Forum is the need to gather together each year to see how far we have come and where we still need to go.”

In addition to Feinstein, Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn has been confirmed to attend the Aug. 11 event. Reid also hopes California Gov. Gray Davis and several other state and federal officials will make it.

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