$3 million authorized for Tahoe environmental projects | SierraSun.com

$3 million authorized for Tahoe environmental projects

Associated Press

STATELINE ” Various projects to improve Lake Tahoe’s water and air quality will receive a nearly $3 million boost under action taken this year by the bistate agency charged with protecting the lake’s environment.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency authorized the release of mitigation funds for 15 environmental improvement projects at the Sierra lake straddling the California-Nevada border.

Environmental mitigation funds are generated from fees paid by property owners to offset the impacts of their new development projects. The funds are then distributed to local jurisdictions by TRPA to help pay for efforts to improve air and water quality.

Set to receive about $850,000 in water quality mitigation funds are three erosion control projects associated with Angora wildfire rehabilitation efforts in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

The sediment removal, Lake Tahoe Boulevard piping and Gardner Mountain storm drain projects are designed to improve Tahoe’s water quality after the June blaze, which destroyed more than 250 homes and scorched 3,100 acres.

TRPA earmarked another $428,000 in air quality mitigation funds for road improvements to South Lake Tahoe’s congested U.S. Highway 50-California Route 89 “Y” intersection.

“These funds are put to good use by the local jurisdictions to help in the overall effort to preserve and restore this special place,” said Jeanne McNamara, TRPA’s principal planner.

Plans call for the funds to be released to local jurisdictions as each project moves forward. The mitigation funds are often used to leverage even larger amounts of state and federal funds for the projects.

Placer County, Calif., was authorized $450,000 for a Kings Beach water quality project, $150,000 for a Tahoe Pines erosion control project and $393,240 for an alternative fueling station.

No Nevada jurisdictions were identified as receiving mitigation funds this year.