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Harrison Avenue has opportunity for environmental solutions

Amanda Fehd
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune/ Nick Zaninovich, a civil engineer, talks about the BMP retrofit for Harrison Avenue-area property owners. They're discussing a collective effort.

As Harrison Avenue businesses consider their options for redevelopment, private engineer Nick Zaninovich believes they ought to collaborate on at least one thing: their best management practices.

Zaninovich believes the properties could save 75 percent by sharing the cost of one large treatment system with filters, and the final product would be cleaner water going into Lake Tahoe.

“I think Harrison Avenue right now is the poster child for BMPs, and really bringing to light some huge BMP issues,” Zaninovich said. He was an engineer with South Tahoe Public Utility District for five years.

“It’s right next to the lake, and nobody has room on their site for water storage,” he said.

Mandated of most properties by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, BMPs are environmental improvements designed to direct rain and snowmelt into the ground so it does not cause soil erosion, a factor in Lake Tahoe’s declining clarity.

Most BMPs at South Shore are due next year.

John Cefalu owns the property where a laundromat sits and has no extra land for BMPs.

“That property is the classic example of 98 percent coverage,” Cefalu said.

“I’m absolutely on board with Nick’s approach. It makes so much sense, it’s hard to think somebody hasn’t thought of it beforehand.”

TRPA spokeswoman Julie Regan said the agency supports economies of scale when it comes to BMPs.

“Using resources on a large scale, it can make it more affordable, and you can get a bigger bang for the buck,” Regan said.

Businesses can contact the agency for a free site evaluation.

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