Fourth of July celebration to continue at Lake Tahoe

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Updated: 4/01/2014 10:05 pm
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. ( & KRNV) -- It's an early celebration for South Lake Tahoe. The city's Fourth of July fireworks show will go on as scheduled this summer.

The Lake Tahoe Visitor's Authority said they have settled a lawsuit accusing them of polluting Lake Tahoe.

Joseph and Joan Truxler of Zephyr Cove had accused the Authority of violating the Clean Water Act more than a 1,000 times over the past five years. The couple have collected firework debris from the lake after the Fourth of July and Labor Day shows.

The new agreement includes more oversight on the post-show cleanup, plus a hotline for residents to report any debris.

Both parties are happy the lawsuit is over. "We were equally strong in our commitment to getting the settlement done yesterday and we did it," said Joan Truxler.

"We all agreed that the lake and its clarity and its beaches are the most important to us," said Carol Chaplin from the Lake Tahoe Visitor's Authority. "That's kind of where our agreement centers around."

Chaplin says the Authority may have to make some adjustments to other programs to ensure a new clean-up protocol.
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