Lake Tahoe Level Drops / Yocha Dehe Wintun’s Campaign to End Racism in Sports Names and Mascots / Congressmember Adam Schiff / Lassen Volcanic National Park Reopens After Dixie Fire
Lake Tahoe’s water level amid drought and how it is impacting the Truckee River. Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation discusses their ongoing campaign to end racism in sports names and mascots. Rep. Adam Schiff (D) joins us to talk about his new book ‘Midnight in Washington.’ Lassen Volcanic National Park reopens for the first time since the Dixie Fire burned more than half of the area. Tune in here. 

Lake Tahoe drops below its natural rim
Lake Tahoe is now terminal. The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center on Tuesday night reported that the level of Lake Tahoe fell precipitously over the past couple of days despite the recent snow and has fallen below its natural ...more

Lake Tahoe has fallen to an alarmingly low level. 
This week, a historically dry period in California will come to bear at Lake Tahoe, where the water level is expected to sink below the basin’s natural rim. That’s the point at which the lake pours into its only outflow, the Truckee River. ...more

Lake Tahoe's water level drops to four-year low
Lake Tahoe's water level has dropped to a four-year low. It was hovering around the natural rim but this week it fell just below it. At that point water stops flowing out into the Truckee River. One researcher says the water level is decreasing about a quarter of an inch a day and it's something to keep an eye on. ...more

Caldor fire smoke and ash are clouding Lake Tahoe’s famously clear water
The Caldor fire has triggered mass evacuations in two states, torched hundreds of homes, made the air hazardous to breathe and spurred President Biden to issue an emergency declaration. But the erratic wildfire is also causing another problem for Lake Tahoe: Smoke and ash particles are entering the lake and clouding its world-famous crystal blue waters  ...more

Smoke Clears But Lake Tahoe's Water Clarity Still Impacted
For generations, the pristine blue waters of Lake Tahoe have drawn nature lovers escaping their concrete jungles for a forest paradise. And though the area just escaped widespread devastation from the recent Caldor Fire, scientists are still seeing signs of the smoke's impact on the lake's water quality....more

Get ready for more wind, fires, blackouts
When it comes to California’s fire season, there’s no rest for the weary. Soon after PG&E began restoring power to the 24,000 customers hit with shutoffs amid Monday and Tuesday’s gusty winds, the utility warned ...more

Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen
When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America’s largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters. The evacuation order for thousands to flee their homes has been lifted, but ...more

One Of California’s Favorite Escapes May Never Be The Same Because Of Climate Change
Brian Hunter hadn’t yet been ordered to leave his South Lake Tahoe home. But, thinking back to how a wildfire tore through the town of Paradise three years ago and killed 85 people, he didn’t want to risk it. As flames crept toward the Tahoe Basin, he and his partner loaded the car with their belongings, their dog, and two cats, and ...more

Climate Change Pushes Fires to Higher Ground
Scientists have known for decades that climate change makes wildfires more common, larger, and more intense. Now an international team of scientists has demonstrated a new connection between fires and global warming. Using data from Landsat satellites, they discovered that wildfires in the western United States have been spreading to ...more

Devastating fires could damage Lake Tahoe’s iconic blue waters
Researchers have already seen drops in Lake Tahoe’s clarity during the fires, although it may be temporary. The damage could last years, but its extent depends on how much burns and releases soot into its famous blue waters. ...more

Measuring Lake Tahoe's Clarity Amid Smoky Fire Season
The cool morning and warm afternoon made it a pleasant day out on the lake for field crews of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center on Tuesday. Brant Allen, the research center's Field Lab Director and Staff Research Associate, Brandon Berry, took ...more

Science, Despite Smoke, at Lake Tahoe: Collecting Critical Data Under Smokey Skies
This week, the Lake Tahoe Basin has been experiencing the nation's worst air quality as the Caldor Fire and other nearby wildfires threaten the region. Nevertheless, field staff from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center were out on the water, taking critical new measurements...more

Plastic ‘Pool’ Toy Pollution in the Wild
Summer Brings a Macro Microplastic Problem to Natural Waterways - A new trend of pool toys containing glitter and microbeads is complicating the already pervasive environmental problem of microplastic pollution. University of California, Davis, scientists studying plastics pollution ...more

2020 Lake Tahoe Clarity Report: Trends Holding but Threats Remain 
Lake Tahoe’s water clarity measurements, which are indicators of the health of the watershed, averaged 62.9 feet through 2020, the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency announced ...more

New app asks Lake Tahoe residents, visitors to keep lake clean by being ‘citizen scientists’
Thousands of visitors and residents are likely to make Lake Tahoe a part of their July 4th celebrations, but scientists with the University of California, Davis want people to take more action to keep the lake clean this weekend. ...more

Why water levels in megadrought-impacted Southwestern states have some experts concerned
California was once the site of a gold rush. But now arguably one of the most precious commodities in parts of the state and in the Southwest is something else entirely -- water -- as the region grapples with a decades-long megadrought that ...more

Tahoe Science Center to reopen with new plastics exhibit; Get involved
Lots of stuff was happening behind closed doors and under the microscope. On a Zoom call in mid-May, Heather Segale, the education and outreach director at UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, shared some of the...more

UC Davis TERC begins Summer Science Speaks series with talk on beer
UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is launching it in-person Summer Science Speaks series with the return of Dr. Charlie Bamforth. He specializes in beer and brewing and loves keeping all of Tahoe's beer-lovers in stitches ...more

Helping Out Lakes in Hot Water
The Heat is Up and Oxygen is Down for the Planet’s Lakes. What You Can Do.
When hot weather hits, we long for cool waters. The warm sand, sparkling lakes, that first run off the pier and into the splash of summer. This is classic, nostalgia-soaked stuff. ...more

Tahoe native fish numbers decline
Lake Tahoe has changed over the years and that change becomes obvious when looking at the lake’s food web. Due to overfishing, introduction of non-native species (both on purpose and accidental) and elevated water temperatures ...more

Tahoe students address plastic problem; inspire change in Raley’s
Small plastic pieces are causing a big problem for Lake Tahoe. To support efforts to reduce plastic waste, students from environmental clubs at four high schools in the region partnered with staff from local nonprofits to learn ...more

Students Make Strides in Effort to Reduce Local Plastic Pollution
Local high school students from the North Tahoe/Truckee ‘Envirolution’ Club secure commitments from Raley’s Leadership to reduce plastic waste in effort to solve Lake Tahoe’s microplastics problem (press release)

Fishing through history: Tahoe’s ecosystem ever-changing as native numbers decline
Lake Tahoe has changed over the years and that change becomes obvious when looking at the lake’s food web. Due to overfishing, introduction of non-native species (both on purpose and accidental) and elevated water temperatures, the ...more

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