Lake Tahoe, A Complex Ecosystem
The State of the Lake Report has just been released by UC Davis Tahoe. TLOA is a proud sponsor of the report, and feels that through scientific research, programs and policies can be developed in a fair and responsible manner. For the analyzed 2015 year, the ongoing California drought has definitely impacted the clarity of Lake Tahoe. It's an interesting read.
The University of California, Davis, has conducted continuous monitoring of Lake Tahoe since 1968, amassing a unique record of change for one of the world's most beautiful and vulnerable lakes.
The Report summarizes how natural variability, long-term change and human activity have affected the lake's clarity, physics, chemistry and biology over that period. It also presents the data collected in 2015. The data shown reveal a unique record of trends and patterns - the result of natural forces and human actions that operate at time scales ranging from minutes to decades. These patterns make clear that Lake Tahoe is a complex ecosystem, behaving in ways we don't always expect.