On Saturday, July 26, 1997, President Clinton and Vice President Gore
traveled to Incline Village, Nevada to host theLake Tahoe Presidential
Before the Forum, the President and Vice President participated in
water clarity testingaboard a University of California, Davis, research vessel.
The 37 foot vessel is equipped withresearch equipment for water clarity
measurements, plankton sampling, bottom sedimenttesting and water quality
sampling. The vessel can carry a remotely operated underwatervehicle with video
camera, lights, compass and a sampling claw. The vessel, acquiredthrough a
National Science Foundation grant, is captained by Mr. Robert C. Richards,
aveteran of the United States Navy.
Afterwards, President Clinton signed an executive order strengthening
the federal government'sties with the Nevada and California, the Washoe Tribe,
the Tahoe Regional Planning Agencyand local governments, and proceeded with
Vice President Gore to the Presidential Forum.
Lake Tahoe is one of America's greatest places a vast lake more than
1,600 feet deep,surrounded by spectacular mountains and blessed with some of
the clearest water on Earth. Lake Tahoe is also one of America's best-loved
places. That popularity creates specialchallenges to the basin's environment
and to the community's livelihood, which is foreverlinked with preservation of
the Lake. The people who live around Lake Tahoe haveresponded to these
challenges with innovative solutions based on partnership andcollaboration, and
their work provides an example for communities across the country.