The site is based on work done by the University Libraries’ KnowledgeWorks developed the web site with support from Teaching and Learning Technologies, the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (LTEEC), the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the Biological Resources Research Center and the University of Nevada Academy for the Environment.

Following President Clinton’s 1997 Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum, researchers have pursued a common agenda to reverse the environmental decline in the Tahoe Basin. Scientists from the University of Nevada, Reno, the Desert Research Institute and the University of California, Davis are collaborating to produce data needed by federal, state, regional and local agencies charged with managing Tahoe’s environmental future.

The Tahoe Environmental Science System (TESS), established in 2000 by officials of the three institutions, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Forest Service, makes the Lake’s research facilities available to all Lake Tahoe scientists.

The “Lake Tahoe Watershed Assessment,” a comprehensive report of the best available scientific information, was prepared by a team led by University of Nevada, Reno biology professor Dennis Murphy. The report lays a foundation for future restoration and management of Lake Tahoe.

An Integrated Science Plan for the Lake Tahoe Basin was developed to identify and refine contemporary science information needs for the Lake Tahoe basin ecosystem. The main objectives were to describe a conceptual framework for an integrated science program, and to develop research strategies addressing key uncertainties an information gaps that challenge government agencies in the theme areas of (1) air quality, (2) water quality, (3) soil conservation, (4) ecology and biodiversity, and (5) integrating the social sciences in research planning.

The University of Nevada, Reno and its sister institution, the Desert Research Institute, are conducting dozens of environmental research projects in the Tahoe Basin. Learn more from our Tahoe Summit Reports, published each August since 2007.