Lake Tahoe Airport

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

South lake Tahoe Airport – Air Service

Commercial air service could be a plus for [the South Lake Tahoe] community
Claire Fortier
May 10, 2007

 

In June 2006, the League to Save Lake Tahoe wrote a guest editorial in the Tahoe Daily Tribune asking the following question: “Are all of the airport operations worth the environmental, economic and social costs to local taxpayers, the community and Lake Tahoe?”

 

My answer is absolutely, within reason. For the past month, I have been asking that question on www.ourtahoe. org/voices and have invited anyone who wanted to comment to do so. What I found was the environmental, economic and social ramifications of the airport are not what you might think. In reality, the airport has little impact on the Upper Truckee River. Fine sediment remains constant in both river and groundwater as it has for millions of years. Most of the airport runoff has been mitigated under a settlement agreement reached in 1992 between the league, the city and the TRPA. As for stream bank erosion, the Upper Truckee watershed is flat and subject to widespread flooding during the spring. The amount of erosion that can actually be mitigated near the runway is relatively small. Nonetheless, a plan for reworking the flood plain to the east of the runway is already in the works.

Pre-2008 Archived Articles

South lake Tahoe Airport – Air Service

Commercial air service could be a plus for [the South Lake Tahoe] community
Claire Fortier
May 10, 2007

 

In June 2006, the League to Save Lake Tahoe wrote a guest editorial in the Tahoe Daily Tribune asking the following question: “Are all of the airport operations worth the environmental, economic and social costs to local taxpayers, the community and Lake Tahoe?”

 

My answer is absolutely, within reason. For the past month, I have been asking that question on www.ourtahoe. org/voices and have invited anyone who wanted to comment to do so. What I found was the environmental, economic and social ramifications of the airport are not what you might think. In reality, the airport has little impact on the Upper Truckee River. Fine sediment remains constant in both river and groundwater as it has for millions of years. Most of the airport runoff has been mitigated under a settlement agreement reached in 1992 between the league, the city and the TRPA. As for stream bank erosion, the Upper Truckee watershed is flat and subject to widespread flooding during the spring. The amount of erosion that can actually be mitigated near the runway is relatively small. Nonetheless, a plan for reworking the flood plain to the east of the runway is already in the works.