Elco Waterways: Lake Tahoe

Elco’s latest Waterway is Lake Tahoe. One of America’s most famous lakes, Tahoe has several credits to its name. It is the largest alpine lake in North America, the second deepest lake in the US (behind Oregon’s Crater Lake), and the 26th largest lake in the world by volume, at 122,000,000 acre feet, or 150 km3. Of course, with great size comes the possibility for great pollution. The lake is a major tourist attraction, and has been steadily built up over the past 50 years. The water clarity has been decreasing steadily, and the lowest ever Sacchi level (the depth at which visibility becomes impossible from the surface) was recorded in 2010. 

Fortunately, Tahoe has its champions. Several, in fact. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency now regulates construction along the shoreline, and has won two Federal Supreme Court cases to keep construction to a minimum. The League to Save Lake Tahoe (also known as Keep Tahoe Blue) has been an environmental watchdog for over 50 years, encouraging responsible use of the lake’s resources and denouncing unsound property planning around the lake’s shores. Scientifically, the Lake Tahoe Interagency Monitoring Program has been measuring the water in tributary streams in an effort to limit the fluctuation of nutrients in the lake. 

Not just a ski resort or a vacation destination, Lake Tahoe is an important natural resource. Keeping it as clean and natural as possible is extremely important, and using an Elco electric motor is certainly one way to help.