Tahoe clarity gains

There may not be much water in Lake Tahoe, but at least it's getting clearer.

Six days after the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service announced the Sierra snow pack was at an all time low, scientists at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency said the lake has its greatest clarity in a decade.

In a prepared statement, TERC director Geoffrey Schladow addressed the good news/bad news mix.

“Complete restoration is still decades away, and some of the greatest challenges still lie ahead of us,” he said. “We are enduring drier and warmer conditions than we have ever encountered, and the restoration consequences of that are still far from understood.”