Chris Disney, who’s been vacationing in the Keys since the 1970s and a full time resident since 2002, joined the committee in 2009 after watching water quality deteriorate as weeds took over.
An avid outdoors enthusiast, Disney’s on-the-water observations of the problem – particularly recent growth of curly leaf pondweed – has moved him to act, also volunteering with the League to Save Lake Tahoe to mark all storm drains in the Keys, work with Eyes on the Lake and help at Pipe Keepers and other events.
Susan Chandler and her husband bought in the Tahoe Keys in 1992, becoming full-time residents three years ago. She brings experience as a geologist and science teacher to the committee, which she joined after watching weeds take over to the point where she couldn’t boat in the waters next to her property.
“I’ve learned that this is an incredibly complex process,” Chandler said. “I have learned that patience is the greatest asset of the committee members, and we hope the community will continue to support our efforts.”
Rick Lind has supported the Water Quality Committee starting as a volunteer in 2011, then as a consultant in 2014, and then as a formal Committee member in 2020. He became a part-time resident/townhome owner in 2009, a full-time resident/homeowner in 2017 and brings over 4 decades of environmental consulting experience throughout the western U.S. to support the Committee’s initiatives. In addition to consulting for the Association on the invasive weeds in the Keys lagoons, he and his staff (EN2 Resources, Inc. also dba Sierra Ecosystem Associates) work with other organizations (e.g., Truckee River Watershed Council) on other regional restoration and community challenges. Rick has also been a volunteer on the Board of the Tahoe Prosperity Center since 2013. Together with his wife Angie, they have enjoyed vacationing in Tahoe since the 1970s, raising their two children in El Dorado County since the 1980s, and now build memories with their grandchildren.
Steve Jacobs is a lifelong visitor to Lake Tahoe and a Tahoe Keys property owner since 2006. He is a new Committee member, joining in 2018.
His love for the lake has resulted in a passionate interest to participate in understanding and resolving the various invasive issues that continue to plague Lake Tahoe.
"I am a retired pharmacist of 45 years with an undergraduate B.S. degree in Zoology from UC Davis in 1972. My emphasis was ecology/limnology and studied under Dr. Charles Goldman. I joined the Water Quality Committee with the hope my background in chemistry and limnology might be of value in addressing the Keys lagoon water quality challenges. My family has owned a home in the Keys since 1963 and we all treasure the unique beauty of Lake Tahoe and our community."
For more than 35 years, Jeff Flairty has worked as a consulting engineer provided environmental and engineering expertise for companies such as Airgas/Air Liquide, AutoNation, PNC Financial Services, Lennar Homes, and Motorola and has proven capabilities in the fields of environmental due diligence, remedial engineering and regulatory compliance. Mr. Flairty is a Delaware and Florida registered Professional Engineer and the owner/president of Ayden Environmental with experience 46 of 50 states and Canada.
"I have been vacationing in the Tahoe Keys since the early 1970s and a property owner since the 1980s. Over the last forty years, I have witnessed the deterioration of the water quality in our waterways due to the proliferation of invasive weeds. I want to contribute to the implementation of improvements to help restore the waterways to what they once were. "