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New plans to prevent pollution take effect for Tahoe's South and West Shores


Local government in California have announced new steps to reduce stormwater runoff that affects Lake Tahoe's clarity. El Dorado County, Placer County, and the city of South Lake Tahoe were the ones that submitted plans for how they will minimize runoff and other pollutants. And the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, which covers the Sierra Nevada and Lake Tahoe area, says they've accepted the proposed plans. The goal is to reduce fine sediment from urban storm water by roughly 30 percent over the next 15 years. Robert Larsen, who's a staff environmental scientist with the Lahontan Water Board, says the plan requires residents to do best management practices and may eventually require some to change how they do things. But for the near future, it'll mostly relate to how local government manages the area. "The infrastructure that we all use to get around the area and enjoy Lake Tahoe is part of the problem, is part of the reason pollutants are reaching the Lake. Local and state governments have a responsibility to address those sources of pollution." Larsen says there will also be construction to try to gather the storm water and prevent it from reaching the lake.

Will Stone is a former reporter at KUNR Public Radio.