Agency ready to assist with BMPs |

Agency ready to assist with BMPs

The state agency that helps homeowners complete mandated erosion control projects in the Tahoe Basin is now providing a starter packet to help people get going.

The projects, called best management practices, are required of all homeowners in Tahoe.

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District has a long waiting list for free site evaluations, the first step toward receiving a BMP completion certificate from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

The district is still accepting evaluation requests and has expanded services to help homeowners get started before they get an evaluation. A BMP starter packet is available through e-mail or in a hard copy. Go to for more information.

“When people look through the packet, they will understand their property more and what needs to be done,” said Erik Larson, program manager at the district.

A full-time staff person now mans the phones and front desk to answer questions and assess homeowner needs.

“The homeowner could have a really basic question, and lot of those we can answer over the phone,” Larson said. “They might come in with a sketch of their house and go home with a better idea of what they need to do.”

There are 42,000 developed parcels in Tahoe. At least 90 percent of properties in California still need to complete their BMPs. About 70 percent in Nevada still need to do the work, which is mandated by TRPA.

The projects usually involve installing rock-filled trenches around the dripline of a home, swales and drywells at the ends of driveways, and revegetating areas with bare earth.

The district’s Web site also provides basic instructions on doing a self site evaluation.

Questions homeowners should answer before starting work:

– Are there any sizable areas of bare soil which need landscaping or a duff layer to control dust and soil erosion?

– Are there any slopes needing stabilization on your property?

– Are there any man-made channels or gullies on your property?

– Are the driplines along each roof eaves protected from erosion?

– Are the areas below all decks protected from erosion?

– Is the driveway area paved? The No. 1 BMP is paving legally established roads, driveways and parking areas.

– If your driveway is paved, does stormwater runoff flow off your property and into the roadside ditch or the street?


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