TERC News Coverage from 2009 and older

Annual Tahoe Report Says Asian Clam Invasion Is Growing Fast
UC Davis' annual Lake Tahoe health report describes a spreading Asian clam population that could put sharp shells and rotting algae on the spectacular mountain lake's popular beaches, possibly aid an invasion of quagga and zebra mussels, and even affect lake clarity and ecology.

Bob Richards Recognized for his Contributions to Keeping Tahoe Blue
Long-time scientist will be the recipient of the 2009 Dwight Steel Award On July 10th, 2009 at the Tahoe-Baikal Institute’s Annual Friendraiser dinner, Bob Richards will be recognized for his long service to Lake Tahoe. Richards was the Captain of the UC Davis research vessel John LeConte for more than 30 years, braving all sorts of miserable weather conditions to collect weekly data about Lake Tahoe’s clarity.

Climate Change Alters Base of Tahoe Food Web
UC Davis researchers at Lake Tahoe this week published the first evidence that climate change alters the makeup of tiny plant communities called algae, which are the very foundation of the web of life in freshwater lakes.

Invasive clams are getting closer look: Already in Lake Tahoe, Asian clams could help quagga mussels thrive
Tahoe Daily Tribune By Adam Jensen Relevance:
UC Davis researchers "have pointed to" invasive Asian clams as a possible source of nutrients that fed an algae bloom in Lake Tahoe's Marla Bay this summer, according to this article.

Lake Tahoe Growing Warmer but Bluer Too, Report Says
Los Angeles Times By Tami Abdollah
According to a report released by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the clarity of Lake Tahoe's waters was little affected by smoke and ash from last year's Angora fire.

Lake Tahoe Clearer, But Report Mostly Bleak
San Francisco Chronicle
According to a report from the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the lake is slightly clearer this year, yet the effects of last year's Angora fire are still unknown. Geoffrey Schladow, director of the center, states in the introduction to the report that "Lake Tahoe is a complex ecosystem, and it behaves in ways we don't always expect."

Lake Tahoe Bounces Back After 2007 Fire
Contra Costa Times By Paul Rogers John Reuter, a water quality scientist at the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center, states that a dry winter and few rainstorms helped prevent smoke and ash from entering the waters of Lake Tahoe. "While some smoke and ash did come into the lake, it didn't seem to affect the lake all that much," Reuter says.

New Measurements of Toxics and Organics in Tahoe Smoke
To better understand the effects of catastrophic wildfires on the Lake Tahoe ecosystem, UC Davis researchers will install a fourth state-of-the-art air sampler at Lake Tahoe on Monday. The UC ...

New Analysis Shows Important Slowdown in Lake Tahoe Clarity Loss
For the first time since researchers began continuously measuring Lake Tahoe's famed water clarity 40 years ago, UC Davis scientists reported today that the historical rate of decline ... 

Amory Lovins Will Address Green Entrepreneurs Academy
Renowned energy expert Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute will be the keynote speaker at the 2008 UC Davis Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy, where doctoral students, post-docs and ...

Warming Could Radically Change Lake Tahoe in 10 Years
A new UC Davis study predicts that climate change will irreversibly alter water circulation in Lake Tahoe, radically changing the conditions for plants and fish in the lake -- and it could happen in ...