TERC in the News

Nonprofit hopes to restore Lake Tahoe's clarity with dog treats made of shrimp
What do dog treats have to do with Lake Tahoe's clarity? A lot, according to Yuan Cheng, founder of Shrimply Blue, a California nonprofit organization that has a “mission to restore Lake Tahoe’s clarity, one dog treat at a time.” ...more

Tsunami at Lake Tahoe? Researcher says it could happen again
The past year was such a wild ride that even the thought of a tsunami at Lake Tahoe probably doesn't sound out of reason.
Several thousand years ago, according to Richard Schweickert, a retired University of Nevada, Reno geology professor, the lake experienced just such an event. ...more

Heavy visitation during pandemic creates new worries for the Lake Tahoe basin
Often called the “jewel of the Sierra,” Lake Tahoe offered warm solace for Nevadans this summer amid the crushing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has pushed people outside in greater numbers as the virus spreads more easily in indoor spaces. ...more

The Fate of Plastics in Lake Tahoe?
If the sun hits the blue waters of Lake Tahoe just right, and it’s a calm day off the point where the Cal Neva Resort & Casino sits quiet, stand up on your paddleboard or lean over the bow of your kayak and look for plastic floating on the surface or at varying depths. Following major wind events, you might find a mini “garbage patch” forming on the surface. ...more

Microplastic clean up, research continues at Lake Tahoe
Microplastics are a widespread problem that are not only found in the ocean, but research is showing that microplastic are in freshwater lakes as well, including Lake Tahoe. While scientific research on microplastics in freshwater has been limited in the past, momentum is gaining. ...more

UC Davis researchers study microplastics in Tahoe
UC Davis researchers began a new study this summer. They're studying the effects of microplastics in Lake Tahoe. UC Davis tested beaches all around the lake and found plastic in almost every sample. A microplastic is a very tiny piece of plastic, smaller than a grain of rice. ...more

Tahoe Film Fest returns with modified schedule on North Shore
The 6th Annual Tahoe Film Fest presents environmental and independent feature length and award winning films to North Lake Tahoe from December 3-6, 2020. Special guests and filmmakers will be present at many of the films. ...more

‘Thanks a million’: Goldman recognized for historic work at Lake Tahoe
It’s safe to say that without Dr. Charles Goldman, Lake Tahoe would not have the same beautiful, crystal clear blue water it has today. Goldman’s work and research transformed the way people think about lake transparency and led to the formation of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. ...more

Raley’s working with Tahoe organizations and UC Davis to reduce plastic waste
Tahoe organizations, UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), and Raley’s in Incline Village started a partnership to help reduce plastic waste. Raley’s is selling Drink Tahoe Tap reusable water bottles. The goal is to encourage its customers to fill the bottles at Drink Tahoe Tap stations throughout the Tahoe Basin. ...more

Annual UC Davis study finds Lake Tahoe is losing clarity because of algae, shrimp
The University of California, Davis has continually monitored the conditions of Lake Tahoe since 1968. And even a global pandemic didn’t stop the center from its annual findings. On Thursday, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center published its annual Tahoe: State of the Lake Report. ...more

Dog Treats May Help Restore Lake Tahoe’s Clarity
After spending about $2,000,000,000 ($2 billion for those who forgot what all those zeros mean) to improve Lake Tahoe’s clarity, the efforts seem to be for naught. Even so, the Draconian measures placed on government jurisdictions and agencies in the basin by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board remain intact. ...more

UC Davis’ Plan To Increase Clarity Of Lake Tahoe Will Please Tourists And Dogs
UC Davis has a plan that’s part science and part business that will increase the clarity of Lake Tahoe and make dog treats in the process. Lake Tahoe is arguably one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in the world and one of the clearest, but the clarity of the lake has been declining in recent years and that has environmentalists worried. ...more

Happy Healthy Pets 2020: Dog treats in the works to help clear up Lake Tahoe
Researchers are working on a new dog treat that will benefit more than just hungry pets — the environment. Mysis shrimp, University of California, Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center scientists have found, is doing damage to Lake Tahoe’s famously clear blue waters. ...more

Are Shrimp-Flavored Dog Treats The Answer To Keeping Lake Tahoe Blue?
Mention shrimp to Geoffrey Schladow and he’ll smile. That’s because his team at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center has come up with an idea to remove the invasive crustacean from Lake Tahoe. Doing so, Schladow says, could help prevent climate change from destroying the lake’s  iconic blue hue. ...more

From invasive species to high-end pet food: UC Davis researchers, students plan to turn Mysis shrimp into dog treats in fight to save Tahoe’s clarity
The key to controlling the numbers of Lake Tahoe’s invasive Mysis shrimp, which have been linked to a decline in clarity, might be as simple as rewarding the family dog with a treat. ...more

UC Davis Grads to take on Tahoe Invasive Species with Dog Treats
If you identified water fleas as the central piece to the problematic puzzle of declining clarity at Lake Tahoe, congratulations. And if you named dog treats as a viable solution to ecological problems at the lake, you win again. ...more

Lake Tahoe Clarity Report Mixed for 2019: Converging Threats Challenge Lake Restoration [Official Press Release]
The clarity of Lake Tahoe has long been one of the most important indicators of the changing condition of this iconic water body. In 2019, Lake Tahoe’s clarity decreased nearly 8 feet from the previous year’s dramatic 10-foot improvement. ...more

Tiny Shrimp, Big Problem: A Collaboration of Science and Business Could Rid Lake Tahoe of a Major Polluter
Lake Tahoe is known for its beautiful blue waters and remarkable transparency. But its clarity is threatened by climate change and urbanization — and billions of tiny invasive shrimp. Researchers at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental ...more

Virtual gardening workshop focuses on high-elevation growing
Birds are chirping and the snow is almost completely melted. Spring weather means it’s the perfect time to get outside and get your hands dirty. Having a bountiful supply of fruits and vegetables sounds wonderful in these times, but living ...more

A bet on Sierra survivors: In climate race, scientists are propagating trees with staying power
The sugar pine, with its footlong ones and feathery branches that stretch out high above the forest, used to be one of the most common trees standing guard over Lake Tahoe's clear waters. But drought, bark beetles and climate change have ravaged this beloved conifer, whose population was already diminished by logging, ...more

Tahoe Film Fest
The Tahoe Film Fest returns in December with all proceeds from the festival benefiting the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC). Although films premiering at the highly anticipated cultural event are largely environmentally focused, feature presentations cross over a number of different movie genres. ...more

These Trees Survived California’s Drought and That’s Giving Scientists Hope for Climate Change
When California’s historic five-year drought finally relented a few years ago, the tally of dead trees in the Sierra Nevada was higher than almost anyone expected: 129 million. Most are still standing, the dry patches dotting the mountainsides. ...more

A look at UC Davis effort to rid Lake Tahoe of non-native shrimp
Sacbee, YubaNet, Modesto Bee, San Luis Obispo Tribune, Daily Democrat - August 1, 2019 - Brant Allen, boat captain of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center ( TERC ) and staff researcher Katie Senft trawl for mysis shrimp at Lake Tahoe, CA, as part of a project that could be an ecological solution to clarity at Lake Tahoe. ...more

Tahoe: State of the Lake report released
Sierra Sun - August 1, 2019 - Lake Tahoe, with its iconic blue waters straddling the borders of Nevada and California, continues to face a litany of threats related to climate change. But a promising new project to remove tiny invasive shrimp could be a big step toward climate-proofing its famed lake clarity. ...more

Removing Tiny Shrimp May Help Climate-Proof Lake Tahoe's Clarity
Official UC Davis Press Release - August 1, 2019 - Annual Tahoe State of the Lake Report Released - Lake Tahoe, with its iconic blue waters straddling the borders of Nevada and California, continues to face a litany of threats related to climate change. But a promising new project to remove tiny invasive shrimp could be a big step toward climate-proofing its famed lake clarity. ...more

Flag Elicits ‘Go Aggies!’ Cheers in Tahoe Swim
UC Davis News - July 30, 2019 - Davis’ Women in Water Research swimmers added a new element to their third annual appearance in the Trans Tahoe Relay: a Gunrock flag flying from their support boat, a UC Davis research vessel, in the July 20 event. “(The flag) really helped give us visibility,” said Irene Engilis, collections manager at the Museum of Wildlife and Fish ...more

UC Davis Women to Return for 10-Mile Swim Across Tahoe
UC Davis News - July 8, 2019 - UC Davis’ Women in Water Research team announced it will take the plunge for the third consecutive year in the Trans Tahoe Relay, a 10-mile swim across the alpine lake — no wetsuits permitted. This year’s relay, the 43rd annual, is scheduled for Saturday, July 20. The Women in Water Research team, as in the past, will be “swimming for science,” raising funds this year for science communication and outreach ...more

UC Davis welcomes Mandela fellows
Davis Enterprise - On June 19, UC Davis welcomed 24 young African professionals for its six-week Mandela Washington Fellowship. The fellows, all leaders in their respective fields, will be in Davis through July 28 for a program organized by UC Davis Global Affairs. This year’s fellows are the fourth cohort that UC Davis has hosted since its inaugural fellowship in 2016. ...more

Seeking Clarity
News Review - June 6, 2019 - Living so close to Lake Tahoe, it can be easy to take its emerald blue water, rugged terrain and stunning beauty for granted, and forget that the lake is part of a delicate ecosystem whose health relies on conservation and diligence on the part of naturalists and an informed public. Data collected over the past five decades by the University of California, Davis ...more

A New Approach to Tahoe Clarity
Tahoe Quarterly - Best of 2019 - Scientists are studying the impacts of removing non-native Mysid Shrimp from Lake Tahoe's famously clear waters. Replacing one tiny critter that doesn't belong in Lake Tahoe's waters with an even smaller one that does, could offer priming possibilities when it come to restoring the lake's threatened clarity. 

A Novel Intersection of Science and Art, Exhibition Delivers Celebration of Place with an Environmental Angle
Press Release - August 30, 2018 - Colors of Lake Tahoe features 15 artworks from collaboration between scientists at UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and artist Deborah Lawrence Schafer.

Collaboration key to new Tahoe challenges (opinion)
Nevada Appeal - November 1, 2018 - Warming temperatures pose major challenges for Lake Tahoe's environment, communities and the outdoor recreation that drives its economy. Research by University of California, Davis's Tahoe Environmental Research Center, University of Nevada, Reno, and Desert Research Institute clearly shows Lake Tahoe is warming. ...more

Media coverage of 2017 Tahoe Clarity Release
June 13 - June 21, 2018

Thursday's Top of the Scroll: Drought, Heavy Rains Leave Lake Tahoe With Historically Bad Water Clarity
Aquafornia - June 14, 2018

Nature Delivers 'perfect storm' that reduces Lake Tahoe clarity
KCRA, AVA360, Chron.com - June 14, 2018

Letter: More needs to be done to protect Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe News - June 14, 2018

Lake Tahoe Clarity Lowest on Record after 2017’s Extreme Weather
UC Davis Science & Climate - June 13, 2018

The Clarity of Lake Tahoe Declined Almost 10-Feet Last Year
Snowbrains - June 13, 2018

Unprecedented weater in 2017 hurts clarity level in Lake Tahoe
YubaNet - June 13, 2018

Unprecedented Weather in 2017 Hurts Clarity Level in Lake Tahoe
Public Now - June 13, 2018

Water clarity in Lake Tahoe sinks to all-time low, report finds
Merced Sun-Star, The Tribune, Modesto Bee, Fresno Bee - June 13, 2018

Dramatic decline in Tahoe's clarity - 9.5 feet
Lake Tahoe News - June 13, 2018

Data shows sharp decline in 2017 Lake Tahoe clarity brought on by years of drought then record snow
Carson Now - June 13, 2018

Lake Tahoe clarity drops in 2017
Tahoe Weekly - June 13, 2018

UC Davis: Unprecedented Weather in 2017 Hurts Clarity Level in Lake Tahoe
Press release point - June 13, 2018

Inclement weather hurts Lake Tahoe's clarity level in 2017
KRNV-TV, KRXI-TV - June 13, 2018

Tahoe clarity down, according to UC Davis report
KOLO-TV - June 13, 2018

Drought, heavy rains leave Lake Tahoe with historically bad water clarity: Study
San Francisco Chronicle - June 13, 2018

Lake Tahoe clarity drops nearly 10 feet
KCRA-TV - June 13, 2018

Lake Tahoe clarity decreased 9.5 feet in 2017
Tahoe Daily Tribune - June 13, 2018

Record Low Clarity at Lake Tahoe Blamed on Unusual Weather Events
KQED Science - June 13, 2018

Lake Tahoe clarity sinks to all-time low in 2017
Mercury News, Sacramento Bee, Washington Post - June 13, 2018
Myrtle Beach, Tri-City Herald, Mid-land Daily News - June 14, 2018

Extreme Weather Dropped Lake Tahoe Clarity to Historic Lows in 2017
Capital Public Radio - June 13, 2018

South Shore female scientists discuss how to get more girls in STEM
Tahoe Daily Tribune - February 5, 2018 - The launch of a hands-on science, technology, engineering and mathematics class at South Tahoe Middle School was a success for the 70 students who participated this year — but the course's discrepancy in male to female students is indicative of the continued national struggle to get more girls involved in STEM. ...more

Online public art piece visualizes Tahoe climate data
Tahoe Weekly - January 10, 2018 - Tahoe Public Art has unveiled its climate data visualization art piece “Land to Lake” online to kick off the new year with a call to action. TPA’s team worked in close collaboration with the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) to analyze data sets from its annual “State of the Lake...more