LAKE TAHOE RESTORATION PROJECT
CCP assists the agencies managing and restoring Lake Tahoe’s resources with a new effort designed to protect the lake for future generations. Called "Pathway 2007," it is a cooperative endeavor by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), the U.S. Forest Service and environmental regulators from Nevada and California, who hope to coordinate long-term development and ecological strategies affecting the lake and those who live or visit there. As noted by TRPA spokeswoman Julie Regan, this is a unique opportunity to work together to save Lake Tahoe before the chance is lost to save its blue waters. By preparing all the plans jointly, officials hope to maximize their effectiveness.
CCP provides facilitation, public outreach and strategic advice for the Basin collaborative effort. The collaborative will utilize structured stakeholder processes in setting Lake Tahoe Basin public policy. This work is linked to two specific efforts: 1. The Lake Tahoe Basin Framework Implementation Study (a watershed study identifying challenges for Federal Agencies to accomplish basin-wide, programmatic implementation of an Environmental Improvement Program (EIP); and 2. interagency and public involvement in a series of Lake Tahoe Basin planning efforts, all scheduled for completion in 2007. Referred to as Pathway 2007 (P7), these planning processes are the:
- U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) Land and Resource Management Plan Revision (Forest Plan)
- Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Regional Plan Update (Regional Plan)
- Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (Lahontan) and Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) Lake Tahoe Total Maximum Daily Load Process (TMDL).
CCP assists P7 in achieving a series of goals. These include goal alignment among different Basin agencies, integration of a cohesive set of supported, usable planning instruments, enhancement of interagency trust along and full understanding of agency missions, and coordination of effective public participation.
More about P7 can be found at www.pathway2007.org.
Recent press on the project:
- Reno Gazette Journal - 8/31/04, "New Tahoe environmental project launched"
- Contra Costa Times - 9/1/04, "New endeavor aims to keep Lake Tahoe blue"
- Tahoe Daily Tribune - 1/14/05, "Visioning workshop crowded, energized"
- Tahoe Daily Tribune - 1/17/05, "Similar visions unite forum committee"
- Tahoe Daily Tribune - 1/25/05, "Tahoe is on pathway toward diverse ideas"
- North Lake Tahoe Bonanza - 1/26/05,
"Headed down the right path"
- Tahoe Daily Tribune - 2/11/05, "Pathway 2007 is $20 million investment for Tahoe's future" http://td.us.publicus.com/article/20050211/News/102110025/-1/NEWS