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The Lake Tahoe Basin is one of the most beautiful and majestic natural lakes in all California if not the United States Its ecosystem has been suffering as a result of our modern ways Human development in the area has caused a number of problems in the health of the forests and air quality These elements have contributed in addition to other pollutants to the now diminishing clarity and cleanliness of the lake itself Environmental awareness however has made environmental issues more prominent in the political arena In recent years the number of State and Federal funded programs protecting the environment have significantly increased In the pages that follow we will be looking at the importance of maintaining a balanced and healthy ecosystem and how the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency was created to carry out the necessary actions to do so Somehow through the progression of time the human species surpassed all of the other animals in the wild We reached the point of the agricultural revolution which took place in the Fertile Crescent It was there that our ancestors cultivated the land and planted a monoculture in the soil They did not know back then it would result in draining the soil of nutrients caused by cultivating a monoculture in place of the natural polyculture Eventually the crop would fail the soil would be unable to nurture growing vegetation and the farmers would move on The land would remain destitute and useless to farmers Two hundred years ago the industrial revolution took place Modern civilization had truly begun Large cities became even larger Factories were more common and more efficient as a result of modern machinery The smoke began billowing from factory smokestacks the problem with pollution had only begun In the early twentieth century the motor vehicle became quite popular in the United States Since then cars have become more affordable and are owned
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