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Best of Tahoe: North Shore projects top environment awards

Staff report

LAKE TAHOE — The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recently announced recipients of its 2013 Best in the Basin awards.

Award winners in the agency's 24th annual Best in the Basin include remodel, new construction, Best Management Practices, stream restoration and erosion control projects that stand out as examples of the best environmental planning, design and implementation.

To evaluate projects with complete landscaping in place and in good weather conditions, nominees were judged in spring of this year. Award winners were selected by a panel of local professionals who work in the fields of architecture, landscaping, planning, engineering and resource management.

Below are the 2013 Best in the Basin award winners:


Fall Home Green Building Project, Incline Village

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Tahoe Mountain Boathouse Scenic Improvement Project, Tahoma

Chinquapin Home Owners' Association Lighting Replacement Scenic Improvement Project, Carnelian Bay


Tahoe House Best Management Practices Retrofit, Tahoe City

Southwood Apartments Best Management Practices Retrofit, Incline Village

Fulton-Steifel Shorezone Revetment Erosion Control Project, Dollar Hill

Warrior Way Erosion Control and Water Quality Project, Zephyr Cove


Pioneer Trail Pedestrian Improvement, South Lake Tahoe


Montgomery Estates II Erosion Control Project, El Dorado County

Lower Blackwood Creek Habitat and Stream Restoration, Homewood

U.S. Highway 50 Spooner Summit Wall Replacement, Glenbrook

U.S. Highway 50 Transit Shelters, South Lake Tahoe


This year, judges include Kristina Hill from Hill Planning and Consulting in Incline Village; Bret Hackett, a green builder and principal owner of Healthy Home Consultants; Charley Miller, principal engineer with CardnoEntrix; Meghan Kelly, senior project engineer with the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District; and Matthew Miller, TRPA's compliance inspector.

"Judging for the 2013 awards took place in spring, with ground conditions and vegetation existing as project planners envisioned," said Tom Lotshaw, TRPA's public information officer, which was a chance from previous years, when "judges would visit project sites when they were wrapped up for winter and sometimes when vegetation was not completely filled out."

The 12 winners were recognized at the Sept. 24 TRPA Governing Board meeting at Stateline.

Lotshaw said the 2013 Best in the Basin awards are another example that "projects at Lake Tahoe keep getting better."

"They show private property owners are willing and able to play a central role in effort to restore our watershed," he said. "Lake Tahoe, the TRPA and its many partners are on a world stage when it comes to environmental protection and these projects display a continuing commitment to Lake Tahoe's restoration. They stand out as examples to members of our own communities and communities abroad."

2014 Best in the Basin nominations

The nomination period for 2014 Best in the Basin awards runs from now until March 31, 2015. Projects must be complete and have their security returned by Dec. 31, 2014.

For an entry form and information about last year’s winners, visit .