License Plates Raise $470K in Funds for Environmental Projects on Lake Tahoe
Over $470,000 from the sale and renewal of Nevada Lake Tahoe License Plates will be invested in projects that will help preserve and restore Lake Tahoe’s unique natural environment. The proceeds from the license plates support five important environmental improvement projects this year.
The Tahoe Resource Conservation District will be utilizing SCUBA divers to place over 160 barriers on the lake bottom to eliminate one of the last remaining aquatic invasive plant infestations on the Nevada side of the Lake. The Sierra Nevada Alliance will support AmeriCorps volunteers to educate and inform the public on environmental issues affecting the Tahoe Basin.
The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center will use SCUBA divers and drone flights to continue their work to locate invasive Asian clams and metaphyton algae. The Desert Research Institute will conduct a three-year monitoring study of the montane meadow near Spooner Lake in the State Park, and the University of Nevada, Reno, will examine the recent uptick in Whitebark pine tree mortality to determine how to enhance regeneration of this valued forest species in the Tahoe Basin.
Since the first license plates were sold in February 1998, the NV-LTLP program has generated over $13 million and funded over 175 preservation and restoration projects on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. Over 29,000 Nevadans have purchased or renewed their Lake Tahoe license plates, making this work possible.
The Lake Tahoe License plate costs $61 with an annual renewal fee of $30. To help protect Lake Tahoe by purchasing a plate, visit dmvnv.com/platescharitable.htm. The Tahoe Basin is a world-class natural and recreational treasure, from Lake Tahoe’s crystal-clear water to the surrounding forests and unparalleled backcountry.