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Tahoe Project is an independent, non-profit journalism venture that supports solution-oriented learning, critical-thinking and productive dialogue about local, regional and global issues relevant to Lake Tahoe. The Tahoe Project seeks to engage minds in productive dialogue and collaborative problem solving and to empower parties to negotiate toward actionable outcomes by promoting critical thinking and knowledge-based discussion. We are driven by the conviction that answers to Tahoe’s most c ...
 
In 1991, seven black and five white jurors convicted Troy Davis of murder in the shooting death of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Davis sat on Georgia’s deathrow for 20 years. Leading up to his execution, there were mass protests. Some of Davis’ supporters included Pope Benedict XVI, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and former Republican Congressman Bob Barr of Georiga. Their efforts to stop the execution weren’t successful. On September 21, 2011, the state of Georgia executed Tro ...
 
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When a life hangs in the balance, what does beyond a reasonable doubt really mean? In 2011, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis for the killing of Savannah policeman Mark MacPhail. The case drew international attention. On Oct. 21, 2018, GPB presents: "Beyond Reasonable Doubt: The Troy Davis Project." This work by Atlanta playwright Lee Nowell…
 
“Living in the Tahoe Basin is a privilege,” says Peter Kraatz, Deputy Director of Public Works at Placer County. “If you go back a hundred years there was a big push to turn it into a national park. It is not a national park. It is a sensitive landscape though. It got developed the way that it did. We are trying to correct the way it got developed …
 
While operation and maintenance of roads is the critical element for the next decade in the strategy to meet the Clarity Challenge and restore Lake Tahoe clarity it is not evident how funds to do the work will be secured. Peter Kraatz, Deputy Director of Public Works at Placer County says in this interview, “I get a lot of complaints about the cond…
 
Public Works professionals throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin are striving to meet the Clarity Challenge—to reduce the number of ultra-fine sediment particles that get to Lake Tahoe every year by one-third by 2026. This is no small task. Among them is Peter Kraatz, Deputy Director of Public Works at Placer County. In this 2012 interview Kraatz talks a…
 
We now have the tools to understand how to prioritize. We know that doing everything everywhere is not the best strategy and now we have the tools to strategically make prioritization decisions for Lake Tahoe water quality. It doesn’t make sense to put our implementation dollars toward areas that don’t connect hydrologically to the lake. “The prior…
 
“We all depend on the benefits of transportation infrastructure so we all have a role to play in mitigating the impact of that infrastructure on water quality,” says Bob Larsen, Staff Scientist at the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. He says, “Everybody who is living in and enjoying this Tahoe basin has the responsibility to deal with…
 
On a dollar for dollar basis annual operations and maintenance activities are more cost-effective at reducing pollutant loading and are cheaper than large-scale capital improvement projects, otherwise known as infrastructure projects. In this interview Bob Larsen, Staff Scientist at the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board points out that,…
 
Roadways, in particular the state highway system and some of the other high traffic roadways, are a disproportionate source of the ultra-fine particles that are causing the decline in Lake Tahoe clarity. In this interview Bob Larsen, Staff Scientist at the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, talks about the central question for today’s r…
 
Bob Larsen is Staff Scientist at the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. In this 2012 interview he says, “I think the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) provided us with the opportunity to be more involved in the process [of solving Lake Tahoe clarity decline], to engage with the scientific community and our implementing partners to figure …
 
“I am inspired by the collaborative spirit at Lake Tahoe,” says Patty Kouyoumdjian, Executive Officer of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. “I am very optimistic that if there are challenges I think that we are going to meet those,” she says. And there are challenges to executing on the plan to restore Lake Tahoe clarity. In this in…
 
There is a clear path we can take to restore Lake Tahoe’s clarity according to Patty Kouyoumdjian, Executive Officer of the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board. She says, “I think we are very clear on where the sources of pollution are and I think we are relatively set on what actions need to happen to improve lake clarity”. In this 2012 …
 
How well are investments in the environment performing? Monitoring is conducted in the effort to answer this question. In this interview, Claire Fortier, Mayor of the City of South Lake Tahoe, argues that monitoring is useful when deployed in a targeted context, where the objectives are defined. In this conversation Fortier shares a little bit abou…
 
Claire Fortier is the Mayor of the City of South Lake Tahoe. In this interview she talks about monitoring. Monitoring—conducted in an effort to determine how effective projects have been in achieving the environmental goals of the Basin—has been a key topic of discussion at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board meetings in this month b…
 
The Tahoe Region is updating its vision of its communities and the way they will work in the twenty-first century. Discussions are now underway in the local communities around the Tahoe Basin about what they will look like and what their interface with the environment will be. Residents, part-time homeowners and visitors to the Tahoe area are invit…
 
“Let the system focus on the places where you get the biggest environmental bang for the buck,” this is the advice that the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency took from the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). "The flexibility that we have built into the system is based on this new paradigm that says: focus on the locations where you can get the greatest p…
 
In this interview segment Joanne Marchetta, TRPA Executive Director, responds to the question, "What is the role of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) in relation to incentive and means in the private sector?" In response Marchetta highlights how the TRPA is shifting into a more-regional role than it previously played. She says, “…[local gov…
 
Joanne Marchetta is the Executive Director of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. The agency is bringing forward the Tahoe Regional Plan Update to its Board of Governors in December 2012. This Plan update has been the focus of much debate for nearly a decade. Will the Board vote its approval? Will it proceed without litigation as the governors of N…
 
The Meyers Community at Lake Tahoe is updating the Community Plan document which describes the desired future of the area. Toward this end a community workshop, open to the public, is being hosted at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, November 7th at 2211 Keetak Street, behind the Lake Valley Fire Station. An update to the general plan for Tahoe Paradise Park w…
 
Norma Santiago is the District 5 El Dorado County Supervisor, representing South Lake Tahoe and Pollock Pines in El Dorado County. In this interview Santiago talks about the Tahoe Regional Plan Update and the constituency she represents, highlighting the need and opportunity to build trust and solutions.…
 
In this second segment of the 2012 interview with Allen Biaggi he talks about water quality, the advances made in Nevada with regard to water quality and about the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) which he calls, "a huge step forward because previously we had more of a shotgun approach … we now know through a rigorous scientific process, where the p…
 
Allen Biaggi is a third-generation Nevadan from Douglas County. At the close of his 3-decade career in public service Biaggi served as director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources which oversees the divisions of environmental protection, forestry, state parks, state lands, water resources, conservation districts, the natu…
 
Casey Beyer is one of California Governor Jerry Brown’s two appointees to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. This is part 2 in the interview. Here he speaks about the role of Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Board members in the final preparation of the Regional Plan document and in setting a course for the Tahoe Basin in the twenty-…
 
Casey Beyer is one of California Governor Jerry Brown’s two appointees to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. Politics and policy were a part of his family life growing up in Tahoe. In this interview he shares a bit about his life as a native of Nevada and how he approaches representing the interests of the Governor and people of Ca…
 
The August 13, 2012 remarks of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval are featured in this podcast. He underscores the “unprecedented collaboration” between the states of Nevada and California on the Regional Plan update, which he calls “a masterful compromise”. Highlighting Nevada’s recent contributions to environmental improvement at Tahoe he talks about…
 
This is part 2 in the interview with Leona Allen, firefighter and lifelong Tahoe resident. In this interview segment she talks about what she and her family did in the wake of the Angora fire which burned down her father’s house. Her father wanted to give something back to his neighbors. Today a model garden for defensible space using native plants…
 
Welcome to part 3 in the interview with Patrick Rhamey, Vice President of Real Estate with Edgewood Companies. In this interview host Michelle Sweeney talks with him about the Edgewood Tahoe Lodge project. The existing Stateline Stormwater system treats runoff from properties that are on Edgewood Companies' land in the Tahoe Basin. Can this system …
 
Welcome to part 2 in the interview with Patrick Rhamey, Vice President of Real Estate with Edgewood Companies. In this interview host Michelle Sweeney talks with him about the Edgewood Tahoe Lodge project--one of the first to apply new Total Maximum Daily Load methodologies to planning.
 
The proposed Edgewood Tahoe Lodge project includes a suite of upgrades to the Edgewood Company land at the lake. Today this land and associated ponds and wetlands remove about 400,000 pounds of sediment from flow to Lake Tahoe. Upgrades linked to the project, including an operations and maintenance plan, are projected to remove an additional 100,00…
 
“If we are going to save this lake it is because people care and we work together and we make the necessary compromises and we take the action to do so," said Senator Dianne Feinstein on the occasion of the 16th annual Lake Tahoe Summit. Thank you for listening at TahoeProject.org.
 
Welcome to part 4 in the interview with Leo Drozdoff, Nevada Department of Conservation Director and John Laird, California Natural Resources Secretary. Are we entering a new chapter in the relationship between California and Nevada with the new Regional Plan and the bi-state effort that has gone into it? John Laird says “If this is paradigm shift …
 
Welcome to part 3 in the interview with Leo Drozdoff, Nevada Department of Conservation Director and John Laird, California Natural Resources Secretary. Here they talk about efforts to improve water quality at Tahoe, about the Total Maximum Daily Load effort to reduce pollutants to the lake and about California and Nevada’s differing approaches to …
 
In August 2011 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and California Governor Jerry Brown said to Leo Drozdoff and John Laird, “Well, you are it,” referring to the leadership role they were being asked to take on the states involvement in the Tahoe Regional Plan update. Leo Drozdoff, Nevada Department of Conservation Director and John Laird, California Nat…
 
Welcome to part 2 of 4 in the interview with Leo Drozdoff, Nevada Department of Conservation Director and John Laird, California Natural Resources Secretary. This interview was recorded following a presentation the two made at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Regional Plan Update Committee on August 2nd. They presented the recommendations of a C…
 
On August 2nd, 2012 Attorney Daniel Siegel, representing the California Attorney General’s Office, commented on the Tahoe Regional Plan and the California-Nevada Recommendations presented by California Secretary for Natural Resources, John Laird and Nevada Director of Conservation and Natural Resources, Leo Drozdoff. These comments were provided at…
 
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Regional Plan Update Committee, received on August 2nd 2012 the California-Nevada Consultation, Regional Plan Update Recommendations presented by Nevada Director of Conservation and Natural Resources, Leo Drozdoff and California Secretary for Natural Resources, John Laird. Following is a 6-minute segment of their…
 
Leona Allen is a lifelong Tahoe resident, a Lake Valley Fire Protection District firefighter and a founder of the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy. In this interview she shares insight into wildfire preparedness, her family's experience of loss in the Angora fire and the success of the Fire Academy where she is among the program faculty at Lake Tahoe …
 
Welcome to part 2 in the interview with Dr. Darcie Goodman-Collins in which she talks about the League to Save Lake Tahoe's focus on water quality, about the proposed transfer of authority to local government and more of the issues central to the Regional Plan update.
 
League to Save Lake Tahoe Executive Director Dr. Darcie Goodman-Collins has been at the helm for five months now. She has seen to the consolidation of League staff into one office and is committed to the organization’s becoming more involved in the community. Learn more about the changes at the League in this Tahoe Project interview with Darcie Goo…
 
"How do we maintain this real place? That is a challenge that keeps me awake at night," says Tony Lashbrook. In this, part 2, of the conversation with the Truckee Town Manager hear Lashbrook's reflections on Truckee's authenticity and unique assets and about his team's search for prosperity when the traditional tools for redevelopment are no longer…
 
Physician Jonathan Finnoff is the Director of Sports Medicine at Barton Health,serving Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley. Dr. Finnoff directed sports medicine programs at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for five years prior to coming to Tahoe. Now he is developing the sports medicine program at Tahoe. This involves working with a multidisciplinary team…
 
Tony Lashbrook is Manager of the Town of Truckee. He was the first department head hired by the Town when it incorporated in 1993. Truckee was on a wave of economic expansion based on its ability to accommodate second home construction when the present housing crisis and economic downturn hit. The Town of Truckee looked to California redevelopment …
 
The proposed Edgewood Lodge project would make Edgewood Tahoe a destination resort. Edgewood Companies has overseen the demolition of old tourist accommodation units and now will replace those units by building a lodge on the Edgewood site that features 194 units. In conjunction with the lodge project, Edgewood proposes to integrate several environ…
 
In this interview Chuck Scharer, CEO of Edgewood Companies, talks about Tahoe as a marketplace in transition and gives insight into how Edgewood Companies aspires to be a catalyst for change in the Tahoe Region. “This marketplace needs to evolve into that recreation marketplace that we can be and that we should be,“ says Scharer. “We need to focus …
 
Cindy Gustafson has been instrumental in establishing the Tahoe Fund where she is the volunteer Chair of the Board of Directors. In her capacity as General Manager of Tahoe City Public Utility District, she and her staff serve Tahoe’s west shore with water provision, sewer collection, and park and recreation services. In the thirty years she has be…
 
Lake Tahoe’s nutrient composition seems to be changing. Invasive species such as weeds and clams and nutrients added to the lake such as nitrogen and phosphorus can change the floor of the lake which in turn affects the animals that can live there. Before they become flies that occupy beaches on a lakeshore, midges live on the lake floor and look l…
 
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