Noise

To minimize single event noise and ambient noise levels consistent with the needs of wildlife and values held by regional residents and visitors.

Excessive noise in the Tahoe Basin can impact wildlife, visitors’ experiences, and residents’ quality of life. Due to the rural nature of the communities and the pristine natural areas in the Lake Tahoe Basin, sound levels that would go unnoticed in a highly urban or industrial environments have the potential to negatively impact human health, community ambiance, recreational experience, and wildlife. Primary drivers of noise levels in the Basin have been attributed to anthropogenic activities such as vehicular travel in transportation corridors and aircraft activity at the South Lake Tahoe Airport. Regional programs such as encouraging use of low-noise pavement and limiting noisy boats on Lake Tahoe aim to reduce noise levels in the Basin. 

 

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