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Lake Tahoe’s clarity

By From page A7 | October 26, 2012

EDITOR:

I have grown up visiting Lake Tahoe and for the last 15 years, living in its beautiful surroundings. But, things have changed at the lake. The clarity of Lake Tahoe is losing about one foot of clarity per year. Things need to get better.

Clean water is a bipartisan issue with a long history of bipartisan support. Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972 with the broad bipartisan support of two-thirds of Congress.

We must call upon our elected officials to renew our nation’s commitment to the goal of ending the use of our nation’s waters for the discharge of pollutants, and to work to make all our waters swimmable, fishable and drinkable.

These fundamental goals of the Clean Water Act should have overwhelming bipartisan support, as the act’s initial passage had, because they are crucial to public health, well-being, and local economies all across the nation.

If we want the clarity of the water at Lake Tahoe to remain clear or even I dare say, improve for the next generations, then we must make improvements in the discharge of pollutants into all of our beautiful lakes and waterways.

STACEY BALLARD
South Lake Tahoe

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