Lake Tahoe’s nearshore is the portion of the lake that people interact with when viewing the lake from the shore, wading, swimming, enjoying paddle sports, and boating. In recent years, visitors and residents alike have perceived changes in the nearshore environment, with increased algae and general water quality decline being the most common concerns.
The Nearshore Resource Allocation Program (NRAP) directs nearshore science and monitoring investment through a systematic framework to better understand nearshore conditions and processes, and reduce uncertainty about management actions. The NRAP is structured around a series of environmental focus areas, each with unique conditions and challenges. Each focus area page provides a brief state-of-the-knowledge summary, descriptions of recent research findings, and links to applicable monitoring programs.