Grading season officially ends at Lake Tahoe
As a reminder, Sunday, Oct. 15 marked the end of the grading season at Lake Tahoe per guidelines established by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.
Grading – moving or shoveling a substantial amount of dirt – is prohibited in Tahoe from Oct. 16 through April 30. All construction sites must have been winterized by Oct. 15 and active projects must now have paved access in order to work past the deadline.
Oct. 16 through April 30 is the period when the Lake Tahoe Basin generally receives most of its snow and rainfall. A sudden rainstorm or rapid snowmelt could wash loose soil into Lake Tahoe causing it to lose its famed clarity. Therefore, grading is restricted during this time.
For additional information, call Angela Moniot at (775) 588-4547, ext. 235.
Therefore, grading is restricted during this period in an effort to minimize impacts on water quality. Tahoe’s grading guidelines are so important and effective in watershed protection that they are also used by surrounding communities such as Truckee.
Small digging projects, those that involve disturbance of less than three cubic yards of soil per day, are not regulated by TRPA unless the work is on an active construction site. Consult and professional to determine how much dirt must be moved for small projects like Best Management Practices (BMPs) or sprinkler installation.
Following the Oct. 15 deadline, grading is only allowed for emergency projects or work involving water quality or public health and safety. Such circumstances must receive TRPA authorization before grading begins. Call TRPA at (775) 588-4547 for more details.
The TRPA cooperatively leads the effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region now and in the future. For additional information, call Angela Moniot at (775) 588-4547 extension 235.