Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum
President Clinton and Vice President Gore:
Actions to Protect Lake Tahoe
July 26, 1997

Our land of new promise will be a nation thatmeets its obligations . . . a nation that fortifies the world smost productive economy even as it protects the great naturalbounty of our water, air, and majestic land.

President Clinton
Second Inaugural Address,
January 20, 1997

Over the past two months, the Clinton Administration has soughtto highlight the progress made in Lake Tahoe and to reaffirm ourcommitment to its protection. The Administration convened threeworkshops leading up to the Presidential Forum on waterquality; forest restoration, recreation and tourism; andtransportation.

The Administration heard two clear messages at the workshops: First, the Administration should reaffirm its role in helping tomanage this national treasure by improving coordination amongfederal agencies and with California, Nevada, the Washoe Tribe,the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, other local units ofgovernment; this cooperation should be guided by the people inthe region. Second, the Administration should take meaningfulnew actions on water quality, transportation, forest management,and recreation and tourism to protect Lake Tahoe's environment,and with it the area's economy and quality of life.

The President directed his Administration to begin actingon those recommendations. Over the past five years, federalagencies have committed an average of $12 million a year in theLake Tahoe basin. The Administration is committing to double itsannual investment in the basin for the next two years and willwork with state and local partners to expand our joint commitmentin succeeding years. Specifically, the Administration will takethe following actions:

  1. Protecting Lake Tahoe and the Local Economy. TheAdministration is taking significant new actions to help LakeTahoe's environment and economy.

    Improving Lake Tahoe's Fabled Water Quality.

    Guarding Against Catastrophic Wildfire. The Administration isacting to restore the forest and reduce the risk of catastrophicwildfire.

    Improved Transportation. The Administration is taking actionto improve transportation in the Lake Tahoe Basin. Thesemeasures will reduce congestion and cut transportation-relatedpollution of the air and water.

  2. Working in Partnership. The Administration isexpanding and strengthening coordination among its own agenciesand with California, Nevada, TRPA, and the Washoe Tribe.

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