Lake Tahoes water clarity is not declining anymore, according to researchers who have been monitoring the lakes water quality for at least two decades. LAKE TAHOE, N.V./CA N.V./CA — Efforts to cut pollution and restore LAKE TAHOEs globally famous water clarity are still on target, despite impacts from climate change and other factors, according to a bi-state report released today by the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, a unit of the California EPA. Measurements of water clarity at Lake Tahoe, an indicator of the health of the watershed, have averaged 62.9 feet so far in 2020, announced today, according to UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Studies Center and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.    Show Source Texts

This chart, produced by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center this Thursday, May 18, 2017, shows the historic clarity of Lake Tahoe by the depth to which the white disk is visible from the surface. Advertisement Current efforts to clean lake waters are not working quickly enough to outpace climate change According to the University of California, Davis, Tahoe Environmental Research Center, the lakes water clarity has been pretty steady for the last 20 years, rather than improving.    Show Source Texts

Scientists with the Desert Research Institute are also studying how microplastic contamination affects water quality and clarity at Lake Tahoe. Climate change is warming Lake Tahoe earlier in spring than Tahoe has historically, halting normal shallow-water and deep-water mixing, and reducing gains made to reversing Lake Cobalts lost clarity, scientists said. That late-winter mixing could draw cooler, clearer water from deeper into Tahoe, improving clarity.    Show Source Texts

Tied to this cycle of warmer water and a clearer surface is a turnover phenomenon, which is prevalent in deeper lakes, that once occurred in Tahoe about once every three or four years. As lakes warm, the depths from which some of those contaminants are entering lakes changes. If algae and invasive plants are not controlled, shallow water in the lake may become unrecognisable.    Show Source Texts

Scientists, environmentalists, and millions who visit the lake every year hope its clear, blue waters will remain so. Every year, researchers measure water clarity as one of several ways of monitoring the overall health of the regions ecosystem. That is right, many communities surrounding Tahoe get their drinking water directly from Lake Tahoe, which is known for its cleanliness and Tahoes clarity, ranking it as the second-deepest lake in the country and 10th-deepest lake in the world.    Show Source Texts

It is not just the locals who believe that Tahoe water is the liquid equivalent of fine dining H20. The purpose of the Tahoe Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is to establish a program that will return Lake Tahoes historic transparency to deep waters, with an average Secchi depth of 29.7 meters (97.4 feet) per year, by the year 2076. Overall, the TMDL sets a road map for load reductions from major sources of pollution, to reach the 78-foot goal of transparency by 2031, and a longer-term goal of 97 feet by 2076, according to EPAs Lake Tahoe Basin Coordinator.    Show Source Texts