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Leaders to Attend 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit Tuesday

 
Leaders to Attend 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summit Tuesday
Posted Monday, August 18th 2014 @ 1pm  by KFBK News - Mary West

The 18th annual Lake Tahoe Summit is tomorrow and on the agenda, Governor Brown, Senator Diane Fienstein, Senate Majority Leader Terry Reed and other state officials will hear a report on the health of Lake Tahoe. 

A report last week on the the oxygenation levels in the lake says because of lower lake levels from the effects of climate change, the lake has warmed by 4 degrees and that is a major concern. 

"As lakes warm, they no longer turnover, and if it doesn't turnover you don't keep that oxygenation going and what you end up with, is it essentially becomes a dead pool," Placer County Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery said. 

Montgomery, who represents the 5th District including North Lake Tahoe, says the Lake is a major economic driver to the five-county area around the lake in California and the state of Nevada. 

"The loss of that lake would be an enormous blow," she said. 

The Lake Tahoe Restoration Act is due for it's annual approval.

Local Representatives hope the continued approval of the act will fund more research into climate change effects on Lake Tahoe, and the effects of drought, wildfire and invasive species on Lake Tahoe. 

 

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