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Input needed on Tahoe Destination Stewardship Plan

The Tahoe-Truckee community is invited to join an upcoming online visioning workshop to help create the Lake Tahoe Destination Stewardship Plan.

A wide-ranging partnership including local visitors authorities, the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California, local governments, recreation land managers, and nonprofits are coming together around a shared destination stewardship plan that will balance the needs of the environment, businesses, visitors, and local communities.

The Center for Responsible Travel and partners will host a virtual workshop in English tomorrow, June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A Spanish language workshop is planned in the coming weeks to gather additional input from the Spanish-speaking community. The virtual session this Thursday is an extension of the series of in-person workshops held in May that drew nearly 140 attendees.

In her latest article, Making the Shift to Destination Stewardship, TRPA Executive Director Joanne S. Marchetta explains how this new collaborative framework is needed to optimize how outdoor recreation and tourism benefit the basin and its communities.

Learn more and register at StewardshipTahoe.org.

Tahoe Keys Testing Aquatic Weed Treatments

An important test of methods to control aquatic invasive weeds in Tahoe has begun in the Tahoe Keys lagoons. The Control Methods Test, which was unanimously approved by the TRPA and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board in January, will use various control approaches including targeted herbicides and UV-C light to reduce and ‘knock down’ the abundant growth of aquatic invasive weeds in portions of the Tahoe Keys West Lagoon and Lake Tallac areas.

While certain areas will be closed to fishing and boat access during the test, the Tahoe Keys marina and boat ramp are not affected.

The test will allow scientists to gather new data points and information in the long-waged battle against aquatic invasive weeds in Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Keys are considered the highest priority for treatment in the multi-agency Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species action strategy.
  
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What's Happening on Tahoe's East Shore?

Join Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) partners for a preview of projects happening along the East Shore. Learn about the Marlette Creek Restoration Project, forest health initiatives, next steps for Spooner Lake and Sand Harbor state parks, and more. Plus, find out how to stay engaged on all these initiatives.
 
The online webinar will be held Thursday, June 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom.
 
This webinar is the second in a series highlighting regional EIP projects around Lake Tahoe. Stay tuned for future webinars focused on other shores.
Register for the East Shore Webinar

TRPA Launches Transportation Equity Study

TRPA is embarking on a new Transportation Equity Study to address the needs, concerns, and vulnerabilities of all those living, working, and visiting the Tahoe Basin. The equity study will build upon the environmental justice assessment included in the recently adopted Regional Transportation Plan. The agency will review best practices for equity and inclusion to recommend action steps to improve the basin's transportation system.

This work is the beginning of an important process to ensure Tahoe’s transportation system is accessible and convenient for all travelers and their mobility needs. 

Events and opportunities to get involved will take place throughout the summer. Visit trpa.gov/transportation for more information.

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Long-time TRPA Executive Director Stepping Down

After 17 years of service with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, including 13 years as Executive Director, Joanne S. Marchetta has announced she is stepping down as the agency’s leader effective June 30. Her tenure has covered nearly one-third of the agency's history.

Marchetta cited complications with a hearing impairment as central to her decision to step down.

The TRPA Governing Board will discuss filling the top position during its June 22 meeting.

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Photo: Executive Director Marchetta with Hotai

17th Annual Tahoe Bike Month Is On Through June

Tahoe Bike Month is a celebration of biking in Tahoe that brings friends, family, and coworkers together with fun events that improve Tahoe's environment. The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition and TRPA have been celebrating Tahoe Bike Month with the region for the past 17 years to encourage everyone to ride a bike to work or school, around town, or just for fun! 

Jump in to June bike events...

ICYMI

In case you missed it (ICYMI), the TRPA current planning team is upping customer service with upgraded online services and a convenient appointment system. The team processed a record number of applications last year and continues to improve services even while the TRPA entrance lobby is being redesigned. Read the rest.
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