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New Study Projects Tahoe's Snow Pack Will Decline

Two skiers stand on snowy mountains.
Amy Westervelt
New study finds significant decrease in Sierra Nevada snowpack for the next 80 years.

Several feet of snow have fallen around the Lake Tahoe region but a report by the Department of Energy says Tahoe will see a significant decline of snow levels over the next 80 years. 

According to the report, a dramatic decline in the Sierra Nevada snowpack will be felt the most in Northern California by mid-century due to global warming.

This could send Tahoe's winter tourism economy sliding down its world-class slopes and to the bottom of the lake. The tallest mountain surrounding Lake Tahoe, Freel Peak, sits at nearly 11,000 feet. Others in the region above 10,000 feet include Mount Rose, among others. By the year 2100, the study says the entire Sierra snowpack will suffer a 79 percent decline.

For more information go to the Northern Nevada Business View

Kaleb is an award-winning journalist and KUNR’s Mountain West News Bureau reporter. His reporting covers issues related to the environment, wildlife and water in Nevada and the region.
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