Lake Tahoe and the Growing Importance for Environmental Preservation

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Lake Tahoe, an enormous expanse of clear, blue, fresh water surrounded by meadows and dense forests and rimmed by snow-capped peaks, is one of the world's great scenic and ecological wonders. Tahoe's water is world famous for its amazing clarity. Even today, one can see objects 70 feet below the surface, a clarity matched almost nowhere in the world. The Tahoe Basin had a slowly evolving and essentially balanced environment for thousands of years, with surrounding forests, meadows and marshlands helping to maintain the clarity and purity of the lake. This pristine environment also provided habitat for great diversity of plants and wildlife. Hundreds of species of native plants thrived in forest, marsh, and meadow. But now, in scarcely a…show more content…
As is indicated by the data, the area grew at a high rate before the establishment of TRPA. Also included in the table, is the summer population. This data is important to examine in order to understand the drastic population fluctuation's impact on the Tahoe Basin. It is also vital for understanding the reason behind TRPA being formed, in order to increase environmental conservation and awareness. Another indicator of this secondary population is the amount of vacant housing due to seasonal or recreational use as a proportion of the amount of housing in the basin. The percentage of outside of area owners of housing and condominiums indicates that most residences are not owner-occupied or are vacant for occasional use. Finally, the median single-family housing price shows an increasing problem in the Tahoe basin, that housing is becoming less and less affordable in the area. The permanent population is now about 54,000, and as many as 200,000 people visit during the busiest summer weekends. A tremendous portion of this population growth is due in large part in the Lake Tahoe area to the Geriatrification of the available property. The "Baby Boomers" who are buying second homes and retiring in unprecedented numbers have recently surpassing all other age groups in the home purchasing market in the region of Lake Tahoe. This is a large group of people who are just scratching the surface of the second home market and who

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