03.01 - Air Quality & Transportation

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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:

  • Improving Air Quality by Reducing Wood Smoke and Dust
  • Improving Transit and Trail Connections.

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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Miles of city, county and state roads that are swept to reduce stormwater pollution during each EIP reporting year as part of regular operations and maintenance procedures. Capital stormwater infrastructure improvement activities are captured by other PMs. Sweeping streets reduces a major source of pollutants in stormwater runoff that flows to Lake Tahoe and works toward reducing clarity loss.


Number of polluting wood stoves that are removed or replaced in the Tahoe Basin each year. Removing polluting wood stoves works to reduce local air pollution for human and ecosystem health.


Constructed: Bicycle and pedestrian routes are constructed when a new route is built on a previously unoccupied site. 

Improved: Bicycle and pedestrian routes are considered improved when an action is taken to enhance an existing route for the benefit of public transit.

Modeled estimates of the amount of air pollution avoided due to implementation of projects in the Tahoe Basin. Projects include compact development, street sweeping and removing non-compliant wood stoves. Reducing air pollution increases air quality for human and ecosystem health, improves visibility, and helps to reverse Lake Tahoe clarity loss.

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