10-year extension of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act introduced
Steve Teshara, Tahoe Chamber Director of Government Relations, was on hand in Washington, D.C. earlier this month with his colleagues from the Lake Tahoe Partnership advocacy team. Here they are in support of Nevada U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto as she signs papers to introduce a 10-year extension of the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act (LTRA) through federal fiscal year 2034.
The LTRA was originally signed into law in November of 2000, authorizing $300 million as the initial federal share for the restoration of Lake Tahoe. It was reauthorized at $415 million in 2016 but is currently set to expire in 2024. If approved by Congress, the extension would ensure there is no gap in Lake Tahoe Restoration Act contributions across six environmental improvement funding categories, including hazardous fuels reduction and forest health, invasive species management, stormwater and erosion control, and water infrastructure improvements to support wildfire suppression.
The LTRA extension is a bipartisan bill with the support of all four Nevada and California U.S. Senators. The bill has also been introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Mark Amodei (R-2nd District) with bi-partisan support. The Partnership’s goal is to secure Congressional passage this year.