This article discusses how the pristine color of Lake Tahoe is being damaged by climate change.
Climate change is gradually warming Lake Tahoe, clouding its clarity and threatening its fabled “blueness,” scientists at UC Davis warned Thursday.
In its annual “State of the Lake” report, the university’s Tahoe Environmental Research Center said surface water temperatures in July 2017 spiked to an average 68.4 degrees. That was the highest since researchers began taking Tahoe’s temperature in 1968, and 6 degrees higher than the year before.
Geoffrey Schladow, director of the Tahoe center, said the 2017 temperature readings may have been a fluke. But there’s little doubt the lake’s waters are getting heated by global warming, he said.