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Lake Tahoe Dam Anniversary

100th Anniversary Celebration Held for Lake Tahoe Dam

interactive photo - Kenneth Parr and Pablo Arroyave standing by the memorial plaque; click for larger photo

Kenneth Parr and Pablo Arroyave standing by the memorial plaque

Reclamation, in partnership with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the Truckee Carson Irrigation District, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the completion of Lake Tahoe Dam with a ceremony at the dam in August 2013.

The celebration began with welcoming remarks by Kenneth Parr, Reclamation; Cindy Gustafson, Tahoe City Public Utility District; and Herman Fillmore, Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. A Tribal invocation was given by Washoe Tribal member Melba Rakow.

Speakers included Pablo Arroyave, Reclamation; California Assemblyman Brian Dahle; Lucas Ingvoldstad, representing Nevada Sen. Harry Reid; Rocklund “Rocky” Deal, representing California Congressman Tom McClintock; Steve Davey, representing California State Senator Ted Gaines; Brian Barton, California State Parks; Elwood Lowery, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe; Mike Carrigan, Truckee Meadows Water Authority; and Ernest Schank, Truckee Carson Irrigation District. The ceremony concluded with the unveiling of a memorial plaque.

interactive image:  photo - Melba Rakow, Washoe Tribal Elder, gives invocation; click for larger photo interactive image:  photo - Visitors at the luncheon; click for larger photo
Melba Rakow, Washoe Tribal Elder, gives invocation Visitors at the luncheon

Lake Tahoe Dam, part of Reclamation’s Newlands Project, was constructed to control the top six feet of Lake Tahoe, or some 732,000 acre-feet of water. It is a concrete slab and buttress structure standing 18.2 feet high and 109 feet long and has 17 vertical gates that regulate the outflow from Lake Tahoe to the Truckee River. In 1981, the dam was listed on the National Register of Historical Places and is now an integral feature in Tahoe City.

During his comments, Arroyave, deputy regional director for the Region, said, “The Bureau of Reclamation was formed in June 1902 when President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Reclamation Act. One of our very first authorized projects was right here: the Truckee-Carson Project, today known as the Newlands Project. And so, in 1903, just one year after Reclamation was established, we began to build the Truckee-Carson Project, which includes Lake Tahoe Dam.”

The dam’s 100th anniversary celebration began a four-day community event organized by the North Lake Tahoe Historical Society, Tahoe City and the Tahoe City Public Utility District which were also celebrating Tahoe City’s 150th and Tahoe City Public Utility District’s 75th anniversaries.

interactive photo - Mid-Pacific Regional Deputy Director Pablo Arroyave addresses crowd gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lake Tahoe Dam; click for larger photo interactive photo - A bronze commemorative plaque stands in front of Lake Tahoe Dam for viewing by visitors during the anniversary ceremony; click for larger photo
Mid-Pacific Regional Deputy Director Pablo Arroyave addresses crowd gathered to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lake Tahoe Dam A bronze commemorative plaque stands in front of Lake Tahoe Dam for viewing by visitors during the anniversary ceremony

February 28, 2014