Lake Tahoe is one of the deepest and clearest lakes in the world. Its famed visibility was once measured at more than 100 feet deep, but since the early 1960s has declined 30 percent. Now, an expansive new shoreline development plan could further impact the lake's water and air quality, while also affecting public access and low-impact recreational activities.
The plan allows for the construction of 138 new piers and the placement of over 1800 new buoys. It could result in more than 62,000 additional motorized boat trips on the lake each year, leading to a major increase in the discharge of fuel constituents and combustion byproducts into the air and water.
Earthjustice partnered with the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Club to force a proper environmental review of the plan, and an injunction has now halted all construction until the lawsuit is resolved. "This ruling ensures that we carefully look before we leap into additional, and potentially damaging, development of the Lake Tahoe shoreline," said Earthjustice attorney Wendy Park.