Engineer sets up shop to coincide with onset of environmental regulations |

Engineer sets up shop to coincide with onset of environmental regulations

Susan Wood
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Bruce Lindahl, co-owner of BMP Construction Inc., stands next to concrete blocks that are used on best management practice projects.

It was only a matter of time when someone would name their business to highlight one of the largest property improvement requirements at the Lake Tahoe Basin.

That’s what a businessman with a knack for engineering work had in mind when opening BMP Construction Inc. at South Lake Tahoe last June. Since then, Bruce Lindahl said the company – which he co-owns with two others – has completed best management practices for 120 parcels.

As mandated by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the BMP guidelines consist of property improvements designed to control erosion around the lake.

The motive and mantra is clear: Keep Tahoe Blue. This means reducing the amount of sediment pouring into the lake from stormwater runoff.

The retrofit requirements – which must be completed in the next few years – include the building of water retention basins, roof drip lines and driveway work.

Lindahl said his company aims to be a “one-stop shopping source” that residential and commercial property owners can rely on. Some are overwhelmed by the task and don’t know where to start.

With a labor crew of 14 and subcontractors on hand when necessary, BMP Construction not only performs the improvements, it also conducts site evaluations. Lindahl said he’s logged 1,500 hours in evaluation training.

“We tell people: ‘If you don’t pass, you don’t pay,'” he said.

He said the average job runs about $4,000. Jobs usually require lumber and rock. His desk in the company’s industrial trailer at 1631 Shop Street holds a block of pervious rock – a porous material thought to be ideal for driveway basins.

That’s what Jim Monoogan, who lives on Gardner Mountain, had Lindahl’s company do for his job.

“It was kind of overwhelming at first. It turned out very nice,” Monoogan said.

Even though the company’s phone rang consistently after the severe New Year’s storms a month ago, Lindahl warns property owners that BMP improvements can only do so much.

Lindahl has seen the likes of these storms in the 23 years he’s lived in Tahoe, working for Lakeland Village, Inn By the Lake and Forest Suites, among others.

His work for Forest Suites won a Best of Tahoe award for commercial improvements in 2000 by the TRPA. The regulatory agency also honored him on his own home under the residential category.

Lindahl is joined in the company by Brad Clark of Reno, who has worked in construction for 30 years, and Bruce Lugonja, a Los Altos arborist.

BMP Construction, which is licensed in both California and Nevada, can be reached at (775) 588-6300.

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