Most of the air pollution impacting visibility, human, and ecosystem health at Lake Tahoe originates within the Basin and half of the regional air quality standards are out of attainment.
The goal of the Air Quality and Transportation program is to reduce harmful emissions from wood heaters, to reduce residents’ and visitors’ dependency on the private automobile, and to remove fine sediment particles from roadway surfaces before they enter Lake Tahoe. Air quality and transportation activities consist of the following programs:
Providing financial incentives through matching funds or voucher programs will help accelerate the replacement of non-compliant wood burning fireplaces and stoves that are direct sources for air pollution. Acquiring high efficiency street sweepers will help remove fine particles from roadways before they become airborne. Removing fine particles from roadways will also benefit water quality.
Finding ways to reduce the dependency on the automobile by building bike trail networks, improving transit systems, and rehabilitating existing transportation networks to support walkable communities are strategies that will improve air quality.
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Some projects operate over larger areas and are not represented on the map, but are listed in the project grid below. A full-screen, filterable version of this map is also available.
|6 - Miles of Street Sweeping|
|21 - Tons of Biomass Utilized|
|22 - Non-Compliant Wood Stoves Removed or Retrofitted|
|23 - Miles of Pedestrian and Bicycle Routes Improved or Constructed|
|24 - Pounds of Air Pollutants Removed or Avoided by Project|
|25 - Tons of Greenhouse Gases Reduced|
|33 - Funds Expended|
|34 - Number of Projects Completed|