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Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Lake of the Sky
David C. Antonucci
The Natural World of Lake Tahoe
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Lake of the Sky
David C. Antonucci
© David C. Antonucci 2011. All rights reserved.
......................................... 20 How will we restore Tahoe? ..... 2 Why is Tahoe the “Lake of the Sky”? ................ 3 Where is Lake Tahoe? ................................................ 17 What is the weather like? ...............................................................Table of Contents Introduction ....................... David C...... 3 What is the history of Lake Tahoe? ...................... 24 Where can you learn more? ................................................................... 17 Does the lake ever freeze? .............. 28 Introduction Welcome to Lake Tahoe! Our goal is to increase your understanding and appreciation of this special place by presenting the special qualities and interesting facts about the Lake Tahoe – The Lake of the Sky.................................................................................................................................................................................... 19 Why is the water so clear?.................... 15 Where does all the water come from? ................................................................................................................ 16 Where does all the water go?......................................... 14 How deep is Lake Tahoe? ................................................. 21 Is there a Tahoe “monster”?............................. 19 How clear is the water? .................................................................................. 25 What can you do to keep Tahoe blue? ......... 13 How big is Lake Tahoe?....... 15 How much water is in the lake? .................................................................................. 13 How pure is the water in the lake? ............................................ 16 How cold is the lake? .................................................................... Antonucci February 2011 Tahoma.............................. 26 About the Author .......................................... 17 Is the water surface as flat as it looks? ................. 5 How did the Tahoe Basin form? ............................... 13 Why is the lake so blue? .... 11 How high is the Tahoe Basin? ......................... California 2 .................................. 20 What endangers the clarity of the lake? ........................................................
This creates the metaphorical and poetic name. Location map 3 . straddling the California-Nevada border.Why is Tahoe the “Lake of the Sky”? The water surface of Lake Tahoe sits at an average elevation of 6. it literally and figuratively resides in the heavens.225.2 miles above sea level.1 ft. or 1. The name “Lake of the Sky” also comes from the many moods of the sky reflected on the surface of the lake. for a lake that Reflection on Crystal Bay is so high in elevation. Where is Lake Tahoe? Lake Tahoe sits between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Carson Range. Lake of the Sky.
while the balance of the lake lies in Nevada.Shaded topographic and bathymetric map The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range and the Carson Range are the bounds of the Tahoe Basin. 4 . Two-thirds of Lake Tahoe is in California.
1844. high water. plants and. It breathed life into the land. John Fremont and his cartographer were the first Euro-Americans to view the lake as they crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The Washoe Tribe occupied the Tahoe Basin for 1.300 years leading up to the early 20th Century. On February 14. which translates into “edge of the lake. Da ow a ga. The area was their summer encampment where they fished. They 5 .000 years ago. particularly the people around it.” Tahoe does not mean big water. Emerald Bay The settlement of the West eventually engulfed the Washoe Tribe. hunted and gathered plants for winter supplies. animals. Tahoe was a giver of life. and they now reside on a small amount of their original tribal lands in Nevada and California and operate the Meeks Bay Resort on the West Shore. who began inhabiting the Tahoe region 8-10.What is the history of Lake Tahoe? The earliest human inhabitants were the prehistoric ancestors of the Washoe Native Americans. deep water or grasshopper soup. The name Tahoe comes from an Anglicized mispronunciation of the Washoe word for the lake. Washoe campsite at nourishing their bodies and spirits. They believed that Lake Tahoe was a sacred place whose pure waters were life sustaining and the center of their world. Capt.
Lake Tahoe as seen by Fremont from Red Lake Peak sighted the lake from Red Lake Peak. serving travelers and freight haulers. the legendary Pony Express passed through the South Shore of 6 . Following advice from a Native American they encountered. one group split from the main party near modern-day Truckee. a westward bound group of pioneers became the first Euro-Americans to visit the lake. Their path took them westward along the McKinney Creek drainage over the Sierra to safety at Sutter’s Fort. and it became an established route to the goldfields. south of Lake Tahoe. continuing up the Truckee River Canyon to Lake Tahoe. Throughout its 20-month life in 1860-61. They followed the western shoreline southward and safely crossed the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought many gold seekers through Tahoe. In the fall of 1844. Roadhouses lined toll roads. near present-day Sacramento.
logging companies had cut and Twain’s Roughing It shipped approximately 95% 7 . Nevada. In 1859. prospectors discovered substantial silver deposits at what would become Virginia City. By the end th Wildfire illustration from Mark of the 19 Century. From there. Missouri to Sacramento. loggers began clear-cutting the forests of Tahoe to meet the demand. In 1861. One major logging company cut trees around the lake. gathered the logs into floating booms and towed them by steamer to a sawmill at Glenbrook on the East Shore. workers transferred the lumber to a waterborne flume for the rapid 12 mi. A narrow gauge railway transported finished lumber 7.25 miles from Glenbrook to Spooner Summit in the Carson Range.Lake Tahoe on the journey from St.” The mines and town of Virginia City together with construction of the transcontinental railroad created an insatiable appetite for wood products. the “Big Bonanza. Nevada. the Virginia & Truckee Railroad carried the lumber to the Virginia City area and Central Pacific Railroad. At Spooner Summit. California. journey down the mountain to Carson City. Joseph. The ensuing mining booms brought thousands of miners and long lines of eastward bound freight wagons through Tahoe to supply the mines of the “Comstock Lode” and later.
At Truckee. many tourists traveled to Truckee. Calif. he hiked the 12 miles from Carson City to the North Shore of Lake Tahoe. Samuel L. they transferred to a narrow gauge railway that transported 8 . Roughing It. made two trips to Lake Tahoe in late summer of 1861. later to become venerable American author Mark Twain. The steamer SS Tahoe In the early 20th Century. Clemens. enjoyed the lake and accidentally started a wildfire. The account of his visit is in his 1872 memoir. on the Central Pacific Railroad main line. entrepreneurs and captains of industry bought the deforested but recovering lands cheaply to establish exclusive hotels and ornate summer mansions. During and after the forest plundering. He camped near modern-day Tahoe Vista. On foot with a friend. Tourism at this time was limited to the brief summer season and available only to wealthy clientele.of the Tahoe forest to the mines and the railroad.
horseback riding. strolling. bowling and gambling. they boarded the steamer SS Tahoe that took them to their destinations around the lake. While here.Wading in "curative" waters at Homewood them to Tahoe City. sightseeing. Motoring through Emerald Bay 9 . ballroom dancing. At Tahoe City. fishing. they vacationed in luxury and enjoyed such leisure pursuits as wading.
Concerned lawmakers established the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in 1969 to protect the lake. The rapid growth pummeled the Tahoe Basin environment and especially. Campgrounds. During the 25 years following the creation of TRPA. the Winter Olympics catapulted Tahoe into 1960 Winter Olympics international stardom and firmly established the region as a world class. 10 . motels and affordable summer homes serving the middle class became popular during the post-war boom. In 1960. developers. growth increased again by 69%. The ensuing 40-year building boom severely affected the Tahoe Basin. Beginning in 1992. the rising popularity of the automobile and improved roads opened Tahoe to the general populace beginning in 1925. growth increased by 73%. commercial interests and environmentalists battled over growth and land development. Competitive events occurred in Squaw Valley and at Lake Tahoe near Tahoma. the warring factions came together to resolve their differences and work cooperatively to restore the lake. This effort culminated in a 1997 visit by President Bill Clinton. who endorsed the effort and promised Federal assistance to protect Lake Tahoe. For the period 1960-1980. During the period 1980-2000. all season resort.Following this period of exclusivity. the clarity of the lake.
About four million years ago. Land ownership is 77% National Forest (Federal). erupting volcanoes blocked the river channel causing water to impound. A much larger lake formed behind the volcanic dam. 7% State parks and local government. residents and visitors surge to 300.000 persons.The Tahoe of today supports a resident population of 66.000. and 16% private. How did the Tahoe Basin form? A system of parallel faults created the basin that would become Lake Tahoe. the upward thrust of surrounding mountains and the downward fall of the valley bottom along these faults and formed a Ancestral Lake Tahoe basin that created ancestral lake. During peak periods. Lava dammed lake 11 . About three million years ago.
Emerald Bay and Cascade Lake on the West Shore.eventually eroding to the existing outlet 2¼ million years ago. 12 . an underwater earthquake likely triggered a massive four-mile long underwater landslide on the West Shore that accounts for its apparent bulge. it is among the 20 oldest lakes in the world. masses of glacial ice covered the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada Range. Tahoe is an ancient lake and at 2-3 million years old. pushed debris nine miles out into the lake and generated a catastrophic 300 ft. unleashing a flood of epic proportions. the dam gave way. Large glaciers flowing from Squaw Valley and other valleys tributary to the Truckee River dammed the river channel downstream of the lake outlet causing the lake level to rise again and reach elevations 800 ft. Wave action.000 years ago. Between 7-15 thousand years ago. tsunamis and damming of the outlet by humans created the Lake Tahoe we see today. above the current water level. As the water level rose behind the uppermost dam. high tsunami. Successive Lake Tahoe today advances and retreats of glaciers sculpted the surface and created the wide U-shaped valleys. Between one million and 20. The landslide widened the lake by three miles.
Why is the lake so blue? The waters of Lake Tahoe appear blue because the other colors in the light spectrum are absorbed more readily as light penetrates water. At this elevation. Lake Tahoe is the second largest lake in the world at or above elevation 6. there are 23% less oxygen and 25% more intense sunlight in comparison to sea level. relatively small watershed.999% pure. How pure is the water in the lake? Water purity is a generic description of total suspended and dissolved matter in water.225. making it one of the purest large lakes in the world. The lake owes its extraordinary purity to its exceptional depth and volume.1 ft. bicarbonates. commercially purified water contains about 10 ppm of dissolved matter and is 99. Lake Tahoe water is 99. We see the predominant remaining blue 13 . to nearly Sierra Nevada cross-sectional view 11.225. The surrounding mountain peaks vary from 9.000 ft. favorable climatological conditions and natural purification of runoff by adjacent and upstream wetlands. For comparison.1 ft. The majority of dissolved matter are composed of innocuous carbonates.000 ft. sodium and calcium.994% pure or 60 parts of dissolved matter per million parts (ppm) of water.How high is the Tahoe Basin? The surface of the lake is at an average elevation of 6.
The cobalt blue center of the lake is Adsorption of the light and blue backscatter backscatter of the visible violet light that remains after absorption of blue light. The characteristic turquoise in nearshore areas is a combination of the blue and green light backscatter.9 mi. wide with 75. the lake surface can reflect the sky color and mountains. The area of watershed and lake surface is 503 sq. How big is Lake Tahoe? The lake surface dimensions are 21. mi. The water surface is 191 sq.1 mi. mi. (38%) or 122.200 ac. long by 11.shade in the light reflected from particles in the water (backscatter). while the tributary watershed is 312 sq. At times. In very shallow areas. the water exhibits an iridescent green appearance over the visible lake bottom.2 mi.8 mi. mi. of shoreline. The encircling highways are 71. (62%). 14 .
) is 105 ft. mi.1 ft. deep.645 ft.How deep is Lake Tahoe? Cross-section of water depth Tahoe’s average depth is approximately 1. enough to cover the State of California to a depth of 14½ inches.200 acre-feet or 242 billion gallons of water. In the USA. measured near Crystal Bay. The maximum depth is 1. Consider that Carson City. of Lake Tahoe is a regulated storage reservoir holding as much as 744.665 ft. Oregon is 1. The upper 6.027 ft.) of water. the tallest building in North America. exceeded only by the Great Lakes. Nev. 15 . Tahoe is the sixth largest natural lake by volume. Lake Tahoe is the 2nd deepest lake in the United States and the 11th deepest large lake in the world. (elevation 4..949 ft. the top would still be submerged by 195 feet of water. This volume represents about 0. above the maximum bottom depth of Lake Tahoe! If the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower. Much smaller Crater Lake. How much water is in the lake? The lake holds 39 trillion gallons (35.4 cu. was dropped into Lake Tahoe at its deepest point. Tahoe holds a great volume of water.62 % of the total water contained in Lake Tahoe. ranks 31st largest lake in the world.
industrial and agricultural uses in Reno and Fallon. Water users divert the Truckee River for municipal. evaporate and 1. a volume of water sufficient to raise the lake 5. Of this amount.3 ft. 16 . The remaining two-thirds of water are lost to evaporation from the lake surface.3 ft.5” Tahoe could cover California with 14. With outlet gates closed. 212 billion gallons of water enter the lake this way each year. flows into the Truckee River or remain in storage for later release into the river. Unlike many other major western river systems. the Truckee River does not reach an ocean. Nevada. Any remaining water flows to the river terminus at Pyramid Lake. flows into the lake. 4 ft.14. In a typical year. Nevada. Typically. the average spring rise in Lake Tahoe in 15 in. the lake’s only outlet. Where does all the water go? About one-third of the water flows through the dam at Tahoe City and into the Truckee River. 105 river miles below the outlet.5" of water Where does all the water come from? Rain and snowmelt runoff from 63 tributaries in the 312 square-mile watershed adds 65% of the water. Another 35% falls as precipitation directly on the lake.
Does the lake ever freeze? The main body of Lake Tahoe does not freeze.6˚ F due to global climate change. ranging from the high 30 degrees F in winter to high 60 degrees F in summer. water temperature warmed an average of 1˚ F from top to bottom and monthly water surface temperature increased 1.7˚ F at its warmest in August.. Daily maximum surface temperature can reach 75˚ F. During extremely cold and calm winter days. near shore areas can develop an ice cover for short periods. water temperature is a near constant 41˚ F. it reaches a maximum density at 39° F and sinks to the bottom. Over the last 10 years. Over the past 38 years. What is the weather like? Average high temperature is moderate. At 17 . As water gets colder. The surface of Emerald Bay will occasionally freeze over in extremely cold winters and occurred at least three times during the 20th Century.9˚ F at its coldest in February and 65.How cold is the lake? Water temperature profile Below an average depth of 900 ft. monthly surface water temperature averaged 41. Ice will begin to form on the surface only when all water has cooled to 39° F. The combination of the massive volume of water in comparison to the lake surface area and the relatively mild climatic conditions prevent the lake from reaching 39° F top to bottom.
were both set during the winter of 1951-52. typically 15.8 ft.8 ft. of snow will fall during winter and accumulate to a snow pack depth of 2. nearly 80% of the yearly precipitation occurs. mostly as snowfall. Summers are usually 18 . Measured at Tahoe City.6 ft. and snow pack of 7.least seven months per year. Average monthly temperature range Between November and March.6 ft. The maximum- Average monthly precipitation at Tahoe City recorded snowfall of 44. daily maximum temperatures reach into the outdoor comfort zone.
the water surface appears flat to the untrained eye. Over the last 41 years.1 in. in 1968 to 68. Is the water surface as flat as it looks? At first glance. Actually. positioned at the lake level and with a broad view of the lake can detect the slight curvature in the water surface profile. is determined by measuring the water depth at which an 8” diameter white disk disappears from view. in 2009. Between early May and mid-October. the Lake Tahoe water surface is not flat. Under the right conditions. How clear is the water? Annual clarity measurement (UC Davis TERC) Water clarity. the chance of Tahoe receiving more than 0. clarity has decreased from an annual average of 102.4 ft. but Lake surface curvature (exaggerated) curved. Tahoe has lost nearly one-third of its recent 19 . of precipitation is less than 10%. Due to human-caused pollution. an observer with a sharp eye.1 ft. The water surface follows the curvature of the Earth like the oceans.dry with occasional thundershowers.
disturbed residential lands. while accelerated growth of algae accounted for the remaining 40% decrease in clarity.historical clarity. clarity improves due to less polluted runoff entering the lake. The pollutants that are causing the loss of clarity are sediment. The large surface area of the lake permits about 35% of the rain and snow to fall directly on the lake surface without contacting soils in the watershed. and nitrogen and phosphorus in nutrients that enter the lake. A now submerged band of shoreline vegetation and formerly extensive upstream wetlands protected Tahoe by further reducing the natural pollutants in runoff before entering the lake. Fine sediment particles have accounted for 60% of the clarity loss. or about 9½” per year. Nitrogen and phosphorus act like fertilizers that stimulate the growth of microscopic floating plants called algae. and deforested ski areas allow sediment to 20 . The increased suspended fine particles in the water obscure its transparency. Why is the water so clear? The world-renowned water clarity is due to rare and naturally occurring features unique to Lake Tahoe. What endangers the clarity of the lake? Loss of clarity is the biggest threat facing Lake Tahoe. The exceptional depth and volume remove pollutants to a depth where they become inactive. Human caused erosion from unstable road cuts. The relatively small tributary watershed area further reduces the potential for the rain and snowmelt runoff to carry soil and organic particles into the lake. Clarity will vary from year-to-year due to variations in the amounts of precipitation and runoff. During dry years.
These sources account for 16% of the composite pollution load. The Tahoe Dam and urban development have claimed more than 75% of the protective band of wetlands. parking lots and driveways. Urban activity including runoff from roads. automotive emissions. These areas are no longer available to affect natural treatment of incoming runoff. How will we restore Tahoe? Tahoe has been subject to significant human exploitation for the last 150 years. fugitive dust and airborne pollutants blown in from nearby urban and agricultural areas. Fully repairing the damage will be a major challenge and will take a comparably long period. 21 . Public agencies export all wastewater from the Tahoe Basin for recycling and are not a factor in loss of clarity.Composite of all sources of water pollution (Adapted from TERC) enter the lake in runoff through tributaries. The remaining 27% comes as air deposition from wood smoke. and leaching from abandoned septic tanks and fertilizer application adds 58% of the composite pollution load. much of it before the age of environmental awareness.
programs for thinning and prescribed burning of unhealthy forests has increased. Public agencies must still address atmospheric deposition through transportation improvements that result in less automotive exhaust pollution.Beginning with forest health. The solution is to invoke all available methods of public transportation throughout the region. The widespread use of automobiles creates emissions of nitrogen and ozone that pollute the water and air. Regulatory and land use control agencies require existing development to install runoff containment and treatment structures (best management practices) to remove pollution in surface runoff from roads and parking lots. respectively. The object of prescribed burning is to restore the fire ecology of the forest and recreate conditions where low intensity fires burned naturally every 20-30 years. The long-term goal of forest management at Tahoe is to recreate the mature forest conditions that existed before the massive logging of the late 19th Century. Some programs are underway to expand public transit 22 . Stopping the loss of water clarity requires halting the flow of sediment. Public agencies and nonprofit groups engage in watershed restoration through soil stabilization and revegetation. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency oversees regulation of new development to prevent additional environmental problems. urban runoff and atmospheric deposition into the lake. Selective cutting thins out trees too close together and removes dead and diseased trees. The Tahoe Basin has a serious transportation problem with excessive traffic volume and congestion during peak periods.
Global commerce has brought many non-native species to the West.systems. Many houses and commercial buildings are quite old and show the wear and tear of many harsh winters. reduce land coverage and capture urban runoff. Efforts are underway to conduct urban renewal in older neighborhoods by upgrading housing and rebuilding commercial structures to the latest standards. 23 .000 vacant subdivision lots for restoration and permanent conservation protection. An important project is underway to reestablish the nearly extinct Lahontan cutthroat trout in some of its original habitat in the Tahoe-Truckee Region. Newer technology “clean air” vehicles will help. A very successful program of public acquisition of sensitive lands has been underway since the mid-1970s. These projects improve the scenic quality. Public agencies have acquired 11.000 acres and over 9. An emerging issue is invasive species of plants and animals. restore lost wetlands and protect threatened species. build “pedestrian friendly” urban centers and construct bike trails to provide an alternative to cars. reclaim open space. State and Federal programs actively acquire sensitive lands. Programs are underway to educate boaters and eradicate localized infestations of invasive plants. Many of these species have found their way into Lake Tahoe with boats from other infected waters or transplanting by reckless persons.
although a large number of credible sightings seem to indicate there may be a large aquatic animal inhabiting the lake. What is more alarming is that Tahoe appears to be warming faster than other similar lakes. This increase affects the ability of Lake Tahoe to mix and increases the rate of biological activity. Speculation has centered on a large fish inhabiting the lake. such as a sturgeon.S.5 billion restoration plan funded by public and private funds. Congress has provided additional funding through Lake Tahoe Restoration Act. and each state has contributed funds toward restoration. Is there a Tahoe “monster”? No such animal exists. global climate change became an important factor in lake preservation efforts. State and local governments in partnership with the private sector implement the restoration projects. The U.Recently. These and other restoration programs are in a 20-year comprehensive $2.3° F since 1968. The solution lies in the global reduction of emission of greenhouse gases. One innovative program sells surplus government land near Las Vegas. Illustration of a sturgeon 24 . Nevada and makes some of the money available for environmental improvements. The average water temperature on the surface of Lake Tahoe has warmed about 1.
291 Country Club Drive. California Tahoe Maritime Museum. Tahoma. These organizations operate recommended visitor information and interpretive facilities: Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum. South Lake Tahoe. 7595 West Lake Blvd. 130 West Lake Blvd. Bliss State Park Nature Center. 35 College Drive. Hwy 89. South Lake Tahoe. South Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. California Sand Point Nature Trail & Sand Harbor Visitor Center. California North Lake Tahoe Historical Society Museum.L. South Lake Tahoe. Hwy 89. Sugar Pine Point State Park. Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park.. Tahoe City. Incline Village.. Nevada On the Internet. California Watson Cabin Living Museum. California Tallac Historic Site. Homewood. California Taylor Creek Visitor Center. California Tahoe Environmental Research Center. 5205 West Lake Blvd. Tahoe City. Nevada on State Route 28 US Forest Service.Where can you learn more? There are many organizations devoted to protection of Lake Tahoe through environmental education and public information. South Lake Tahoe. Sierra Nevada College. 560 North Lake Blvd.. these recommended sites provide a wealth of 25 . 4114 Lake Tahoe Blvd. California D. three miles south of Incline Village. 3058 Hwy 50.. California Ehrman Mansion and Nature Center. California Explore Tahoe – An Urban Trailhead. 17 miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.
Research allows for wise public policy decisions and Lake Tahoe provides a living laboratory for studying freshwater lakes and their ecosystems.ucdavis. never dump anything into the storm drains. consider low-impact recreational activities like hiking.usgs.fed.edu/ US Forest Service: fs. take public transportation.gov (Western Nevada/Carson/Tahoe Region) Resource Conservation Districts: tahoercd. Ride a bike.us/r5/ltbmu US Geological Survey: tahoe. Pick up after your pet. not at all.ca.org University of California: news.gov (High Sierra Region) Nevada State Parks: parks.edu/tahoetv Tahoe Environmental Research Center: terc.information on Lake Tahoe and are current as of February 2010.ca. and cross-country skiing.org and ntcd.gov California Tahoe Conservancy: tahoecons. reduce your ecological 26 . prevent soil erosion by covering bare soil in your yard.com What can you do to keep Tahoe blue? Learn from science.org Tahoe Information & Planning: tiims.gov/ California State Parks: parks. Think blue. use fertilizers sparingly or preferably.nv.org League to Save Lake Tahoe: keeptahoeblue. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency: trpa.org The Author: TahoeFacts. Be green. by staying on trails. kayaking.ucdavis. and by parking in designated areas. walk or carpool. biking.
and turn off outdoor lights when 27 . Volunteer for a program. protect sensitive areas such as stream zones and meadows. Support environmental restoration projects in your neighborhood. Contact your local resource conservation district or fire safe council for more information and assistance. Point your home’s outdoor lights down so that they do not cause light pollution and dim the night’s starry skies. Support the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) and let your elected officials know. and respect plants and wildlife. organization or event to protect the Tahoe Basin and contribute to nonprofit groups. dispose of trash properly. Have all watercraft from outside the Tahoe Basin inspected before launching. Complete the required best management practices (BMPs) and defensible space projects on your property and pave your driveway. Use native and adapted plants. Clearly. Get involved. never plant non-native or invasive ornamentals. Conserve. Do not litter. be careful with fire. stay on trails and avoid fragile areas.footprint by increasing open space on your property. land and sky. Lights out & watch the volume. Start in your backyard – Tahoe Locals have responsibilities. pack it out”. Practice good stewardship of water. trailers and equipment. use compact fluorescent bulbs. conserve energy and recycle. Keep it native. Watch out for invasive aquatic species and plants that hitch rides on boats. practice “Leave No Trace” outdoor ethics and “Pack it in.
degrees in civil and environmental engineering. He has served on boards and in organizations dedicated to visitor interpretation and preservation of Lake Tahoe. It is available in local bookstores and online. For information on purchase of ebook or hard copies of this booklet.” “Environmental History of Lake Tahoe.” “Amazing Tahoe Facts. Preserve the tranquility of the region by giving consideration to others. and M. California. Some sample titles are “Lake of the Sky – The Natural History of Lake Tahoe. dynamic and media rich. contact him at 530-525-5410 or dcantonucci@msn. He holds B. He has been directly involved with plans and activities to protect Lake Tahoe throughout his 38-year career and has provided expertise on Lake Tahoe environmental issues.” For more information and booking arrangements.com. Squaw Valley & Lake Tahoe.S. 28 . He is the author of the award winning Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Incline Village NV About the Author David C. Source: Adapted from UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center at Sierra Nevada College.S. The author is available as a professional speaker for multimedia presentations on Lake Tahoe and related subjects. He lives with his wife and son on Tahoe’s West Shore near Tahoma.not in use.” “Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe.” and “The 1960 Winter Olympics. go to TahoeFacts. Antonucci is a 36-year resident of Lake Tahoe.com. His presentations are live.
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