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Watershed to be topic of next week’s Sierra Club meeting

Provided to the TribuneLaurel Ames, a longtime Tahoe resident and dedicated protector of Lake Tahoe, will be the guest speaker at the Tahoe Area Sierra Club's Feb. 21 meeting.

Tahoe Area Sierra Club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Round Hill Fire Station, at Highway 50 and Elks Point Road. The guest speaker will be Laurel Ames, who grew up in a cabin that now is the Alpina Coffee House. A well-known organizer, educator and dedicated protector of Lake Tahoe, Ames will speak about “Living in a Watershed” and share how everyone can help.

Ames started as a reporter for the Chronicle during the creation of TRPA. Her curiosity and interests led her to work for the old California Tahoe Regional Planning Agency as a planner and serve as a board member on the Lahontan Regional Water Board, which gave her an extensive background in watershed issues.

Best known for her work for the League to Save Lake Tahoe over 12 years, Ames became their executive director. She also was one of the founders of the Sierra Nevada Alliance and was its first executive director. While there, she established a watershed program that organized activists.

Ames furthered her interest in watershed restoration by joining others to found the California Watershed Network, a California nonprofit that works with watershed groups statewide to find funding, write legislation and protect our most precious resource, water. She continues to be a board member.

Joining Ames will be two Sarahs. Sarah Curtis is the coordinator of the Upper Truckee River Watershed Stewardship Group for the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Their aim is to provide the community with greater understanding of the environmental issues surrounding projects in the watershed. Sarah Green works with the Watersheds Program for the Sierra Nevada Alliance. One of their goals is to encourage volunteer watershed monitoring throughout the Sierra Nevada.

For more information, call (775) 588-4565.

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