California law mandates that the TRPA reduce greenhouse gas emissions five percent by 2035. Now, the agency has a plan in place to reduce emissions by seven percent with modifications of transportation and land use patterns. The TRPA’s Jeff Cowen says a greenhouse gas emissions study by the California Tahoe Conservancy paved the way to go even beyond that seven percent. Cowan said, that can be accomplished by requiring local jurisdictions to meet green building standards.
“But now it is giving us the nod to look ahead and start looking to local government to put green building codes in place to start improving energy efficiency of buildings and homes,” Cowan said.
The plan also encourages schools, homeowners and businesses to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency and there is a 230-page Sustainability Action Plan, including ways to reduce greenhouse emissions voluntarily.
"It could mean retrofitting existing buildings with more energy efficient windows and doors as well,” Cowan added.
The drought has caused contamination and the closure of some groundwater wells at South Lake Tahoe.
Over the weekend, the first two Sierra ski areas opened. The National Ski Area’s Association expects this to be a record year for attendance nationwide.
Among many effects of the drought, low water levels at Lake Tahoe are forcing marina owners to dredge to maintain boat access.
The US Forest Service says falling numbers of spawning fish in streams around Lake Tahoe appear to be the result of climate change.
The South Lake Tahoe City Council today approved a budget today that includes dramatic spending cuts.