Paper: Role of Science in the Water Issues of Lake Tahoe
Author: Charles Goldman, professor, Department of Environmental Science and Policy
Symposium date and time: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 8 a.m.-11 a.m.
Symposium name: Role of Science in the Water Issues of Northern California
Online program: http://www.aaas.org/meetings/2001/6046.00.htm
Aquatic ecosystems worldwide are under increasing stress from human activities. This means that basic environmental studies must be rapidly converted into far-reaching management decisions. Lake Tahoe is losing its remarkable transparency at a rate of about one foot per year as algal growth rates increase about 5 percent per year. In the Tahoe Basin, a multidisciplinary approach has been essential to developing effective water-management strategies for solving increasingly complex environmental problems. Long-term data collection, including paleolimnological studies of sedimentation and pollutants, has been key to better understanding and managing the lake, its surrounding watershed and basin air quality.