“Keep Tahoe Blue” – Lake Tahoe Summit
This week I attended the Annual Lake Tahoe Summit in Stateline, Nevada. President Obama spoke to an audience of 7,000, including Senators Barbara Boxer, Diane Feinstein, and Harry Reid. These leaders are truly dedicated to preserving the clarity of the Lake, one of the few remaining large clean mountain lakes on the planet.
Over the past 2 decades, it has taken over 2 billion dollars and the work of thousands of devoted individuals from dozens of agencies and organization to “Keep Tahoe Blue”.
This effort has been successful. Millions of visitors enjoy the clear beautiful waters every year, contributing billions of dollars to the local economy.
But our work is not over: sediment reduction, invasive marine species removal, fire risk reduction by brush removal and scientific tree spacing, all cost money. The lake has warmed 4 degrees just recently, making Lake protection even more challenging and critical.
Senators from California and Nevada have introduced the Tahoe Restoration Act, providing $ 415 million in funding over the next 10 years for continued protection.
In contrast, our current Congressman, Tom McClintock has introduced his own bill in the House of Representatives. His bill provides only $60 million over 10 years. His bill falls significantly short of the resources required to continue the work started 20 years ago. It is not nearly enough to do the job and it, once again, demonstrates a lack of understanding of what is needed in District 4 to protect our environmental treasures.
I support the Senate Act and the $415 million needed to “Keep Tahoe Blue,” and I pledge to you that I will do everything I can to protect this special place for everyone.
We are starting a Ten To Win Tour. Beginning in Alpine County on September 7 and ending on September 20 in Fresno County, I will be visiting communities in all 10 counties in District 4. Go to our website and Face Book to see a detailed itinerary. Join us in your community for a meet and greet and tell me about your concerns. Check our schedule and join our Campaign at:
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I will be speaking in Rocklin at the CARA Candidate forum on September 14. Details on this Website
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