By John Singlaub
Those of us who live at Lake Tahoe are privileged. Our days unfold before a backdrop of snow-capped peaks bathed in light. Broad Lake vistas teem with colors set off by the legendary clarity of Tahoe waters. The air is fresh, the forests and meadows expansive. We have year-round recreation along with rich history and culture. For many, visiting here is a dream vacation. And so it is no wonder that tourism is the backbone of the Tahoe Basin economy. With three million visitors coming here annually, however, this raises questions among some as to whether it is possible for restoration efforts at Lake Tahoe to be successful if the economy is to remain vibrant.