$500 rebate program established for BMP measures
A rebate program for qualified full-time El-Dorado County-based homeowners who install best management practices is available through the Tahoe Resource Conservation District and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
The deadline to complete BMPs on most homes in El Dorado County and within the South Lake Tahoe city limits passed last year although the majority of property owners have not completed them.
BMPs are mandatory measures to stop pollutants like fine sediment from leaving private property and entering Lake Tahoe. The lake’s famed clarity has been decreasing about one foot per year since the 1960s and science shows that 60 to 70 percent of pollutants come from urban areas like neighborhoods and commercial centers.
The $500 per property rebate program is available for local homeowners at or below the county median income level and who complete their BMPs between July 20 and Oct. 15. The bulk of the funding is provided through Proposition 13 money. TRPA is providing additional funding and administrative support.
“Grant funding is available from the state of California and we thought a program to help Tahoe locals would be a tremendous use of the funds,” said Eben Swain, resource conservationist for the district.
“We recognize cost may be a factor for many homeowners trying to complete their BMPs. By lowering the cost of BMPs we can help local working homeowners who want to do the right thing but who may not have the means,” he said.
Only full time residents who meet income criteria and receive a BMP completion certificate between July 20 and Oct. 15 are eligible for the program. Second homes, rental properties and properties that have already completed their BMPs are not eligible.
Interested property owners must fill out an application to show that they are eligible to participate and include a BMP plan and proof of income. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 1. Early application is encouraged as only the first 80 applicants that meet the criteria will be accepted because of the limited funding available. Applications will be available at http://www.tahoebmp.org or at the TRPA and TRCD offices. Call the BMP hotline at (530) 543-1501 ext. 113.