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State and federal officials have launched a new initiative designed to foster increased cooperation as they update blueprints for managing the Lake Tahoe Basin over the next 20 years.

“Pathway 2007” is a cooperative endeavor by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the U.S. Forest Service and environmental regulators from Nevada and California.

Through the process, TRPA officials plan by 2007 to update the agency´s 20-year regional plan for the Tahoe Basin. Officials from the Forest Services Tahoe unit are also updating a long-term forest management plan. At the same time, California´s Regional Water Quality Control

Board and the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection are preparing a strategy identifying the maximum level of pollutants that can be tolerated by Lake Tahoe. By preparing all the plans jointly, officials hope to maximize their effectiveness.