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Tahoe Chamber helps secure $29.2 million in federal funding

  Tahoe Chamber  |   March 23, 2022   |   Chamber NewsCommunity NewsGovernment Affairs

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Lake Tahoe is set to receive funding from the recently approved federal fiscal year 2022 budget for a variety of environmental, wildfire preparedness, and infrastructure investments totaling just over $29 million.

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Credit: Omar Gomez

As one of three leading members of the Lake Tahoe Partnership advocacy network, Tahoe Chamber worked closely with the League to Save Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, and members of Tahoe’s Congressional Delegation to secure the following investments:

• $7 million for water infrastructure that supports fire suppression
• $6 million for projects to improve forest health and resiliency
• $6.5 million for watershed management
• $7.7 million for aquatic invasive species control and prevention
• $2 million for improvements through the “central corridor” of popular recreation destinations along Nevada State Route 28.

“As the Tahoe Basin’s largest landowner, these federal investments are an appropriate and much-appreciated contribution along with state, local, and private sector investments in the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program,” said Steve Teshara, Tahoe Chamber director of government relations. “The multi-sector funding for EIP projects creates jobs and stimulates entrepreneurial innovations in forest and land management, water quality protection, and community infrastructure to help defend us from the ravages of wildfire.”

“Tahoe doesn’t belong to just Nevada and California; it’s a national treasure,” said League CEO Darcie Goodman Collins. We’re encouraged that decision-makers in Washington D.C. have again taken this bipartisan action to help protect and preserve Lake Tahoe.”

“The Tahoe region and our lake are under serious threat from the compounding impacts of climate change and increasing recreational pressures,” said TRPA Executive Director Joanne Marchetta. “We are grateful to Tahoe’s congressional leaders and our partners in advocacy for continuing the shared investment in Tahoe’s future.”

This latest round of funding provided through the

(LTRA) represents a 148% increase compared to the previous fiscal year, underscoring Tahoe’s importance on the national stage amidst the challenges we face and the model of multi-sector collaboration we have established.





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