INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. - Three months after California Gov. Jerry Brown and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval reached an agreement on the governance of the basin surrounding Lake Tahoe, the governors praised the accord here Monday, and Brown fired back at environmentalists who fear it will lead to more development.
"This is the same group that's criticizing the Delta restoration plan, and a whole bunch of other things we're doing," the Democratic governor told reporters at the Lake Tahoe Summit. "Trying to be absolutely perfect means you don't get anything done."
Brown said California has to work with Nevada and other groups and that, "It isn't just what some Sierra Club chapter around Tahoe wants."
Brown and Sandoval announced earlier this year they would continue the two-state partnership known as the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, after Nevada passed a law in 2011 in which it would have withdrawn from the compact unless California made concessions to allow more development.
The Sierra Club and other environmentalists filed a lawsuit in federal court, objecting, among other things, to a provision of the accord that would delegate many planning decisions to local governments.
The plan update "revises and loosens standards by which new projects are reviewed and approved, while increasing the potential for new development throughout the region," the environmentalists said in their filing in U.S. District Court in Sacramento.