Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senators Harry Reid and John Ensign today testified in front of the Energy and Public Works Committee strongly urging their colleagues to support the Lake Tahoe Restoration Act of 2009. Ensign and Reid, the lead sponsor, introduced the legislation last year that authorizes $415 million for eight years and provides for fuels reduction, Environmental Improvement Program projects, storm water management and watershed restoration.
“Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places on earth and it is important that we pass this bill to continue our efforts to protect it,” Reid said. “Our work to preserve Lake Tahoe has both an environmental and economic benefit for the state. This work will ensure Lake Tahoe remains one of the most sought after tourist destinations in all the world and that will be enhanced by the Travel Promotion Act.”
“The Lake Tahoe Restoration Act is our continued commitment to protecting this Nevada treasure for future generations,” Ensign said in his testimony. “While continuing the federal commitment for watershed restoration, erosion control and storm water projects, research and hazardous fuels reduction, it also addresses a new critical threat to the Lake – aquatic invasive species. It is urgent and imperative that we address this rising threat.”