BMPs workshops scheduled for region |

BMPs workshops scheduled for region

by Emily Aughinbaugh

Do you need help implementing Best Management Practices?

Several conservation groups around the lake are organizing workshops to help you figure it out.

Best Management Practices – or BMPs – were adopted by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in the early 1990s to prevent unattractive and environmentally harmful soil erosion in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Paving driveways, planting native vegetation, installing rock trenches or any number of improvements are part of the BMP program to help preserve lake clarity.

Priority 1 watersheds, such as Incline Village and Crystal Bay, were supposed to have BMPs in place last October. However, Priority 2 watersheds, which include most of South Lake Tahoe and Tahoe City, have a 2006 deadline.

Pam Drum, TRPA public affairs coordinator, said a lot of Incline Village’s BMPs were implemented as building permits were issued, however a lot of older properties in South Lake Tahoe have to be retrofitted.

Drum said BMP workshops were hosted last year for Priority 1 watersheds and hopes people in Priority 2 watersheds will take advantage of programs this spring.

“This is something we try do very regularly to get the word out about BMP requirements,” Drum said. “We would encourage people not to wait to the last minute and to follow through with what they’ve already started.”

Drum said the TRPA will do its best to make sure the basin is compliant by 2011, when Priority 3 watersheds must have implemented their BMPs.

“To not take the steps to implement your BMP is a violation of the ordinance,” she said. “Just like any other ordinance violation our response is proportional to the damage the problem causes.”

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