2011 TERC News Coverage

UC Davis ranks among Sierra magazine Top 10 greenest colleges
The University of California, Davis, is greener and cooler this year, moving into the Top 10 of Sierra magazine’s annual ranking of the “greenest” colleges in the United States. UC Davis earned the eighth spot...

Climate dimming clarity of Lake Tahoe
Geoffrey Schladow, professor civil and environmental engineering at UC Davis and director of the Tahoe Environmental Research Center, says that the decline in water clarity at Lake Tahoe could indicate an influence by new factors such as climate change.

Lake Tahoe clarity dips, leaders summit
The decades-long effort to restore the clarity of Lake Tahoe stands at a critical juncture as leaders from California and Nevada meet today on the shores of the treasured lake to discuss its future. The meeting comes days after the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center released its annual study of the lake's clarity, reporting that last year's average clarity was the second-lowest ever recorded. 

Climate change, algae make 2010 a tough year for Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe clarity dropped in 2010, but the rate of decline in clarity over the past decade remains slower compared with previous decades, according to UC Davis scientists who have monitored the lake for more than 40 years. Researchers say the findings underscore the need for increased monitoring and continued collaborative management of the lake by both California and Nevada. 

Climate change may be muddying Lake Tahoe waters
Lake Tahoe's legendary clarity fell to its second-worst reading ever last year, just inches better than the record low measured 14 years ago when a $1.5 billion program to fix the lake's environment was launched. The average depth at which a 10-inch plate could be seen from a research boat was just 64.4 feet last year, a decline of 3.7 feet from the previous year. 

Two States Protect Lake Tahoe, But One Eyes Changes
UC Davis sends out a research vessel to Lake Tahoe every 10 days in order to measure clarity and study its patterns. Biologist Brant Allen says that clarity readings have declined from a depth of 102 feet in the 1960s to an average of 70 feet in recent years...