Tahoe license plate funds research, clean-ups and aquatic invasive species projects

Tahoe license plate funds  research, clean-ups and aquatic invasive species projects
Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE–Proceeds from Nevada Lake Tahoe License Plate sales and annual renewals are invested in projects that help protect Lake Tahoe’s environment.  

The Nevada Division of State Lands announced today that nearly $200,000 will be used to fund the following projects:

  • SCUBA-enabled underwater litter clean-up in Lake Tahoe – As a world-class destination enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors every year, keeping Lake Tahoe clean is key to protect the “Jewel of the Sierra” for future generations. Clean up the Cayes, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, will remove underwater litter across 22 miles of Nevada’s Lake Tahoe shoreline. Last summer, SCUBA divers removed about 9,000 pounds of litter to help restore and enhance the lake’s underwater environment and famed water clarity.  

  • Permanent Aquatic Invasive Species Boat Inspection Station –Aquatic invasive plants and animals can spread quickly in Lake Tahoe, threatening the health and vibrancy of Lake Tahoe’s sensitive natural environment and native ecosystems. To help prevent aquatic invasive species from entering the lake, a permanent boat inspection station is being planned near Spooner Summit. Station design plans will include: a decontamination unit, restroom facilities, shade structure, educational kiosk and more. Over the past 21 years, the NV-LTLP program has funded over a dozen aquatic invasive species prevention and control projects that have helped restore and enhance vital habitat for native plant and wildlife species. 

  • Stormwater treatment options in a changing climate – The combined pressures of climate change, population growth, and increased visitation have challenged the health and clarity of the Lake. As part of ongoing efforts to address these pressing challenges, the Desert Research Institute and Tahoe Resource Conservation District are partnering to conduct research that targets urban stormwater management and treatment options to limit the flow of pollutants and fine sediment particles into the Lake. 

More than 22,000 Nevadans are helping to protect Lake Tahoe through the purchase and renewal of their Lake Tahoe license plates. Since the first license plates were sold in February 1998, the plate program has generated more than $9 million while funding more than 165 preservation and restoration projects on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe.

SOURCE: Nevada Department of Conservation