Grading season allows more fire mitigation |

Grading season allows more fire mitigation

LAKE TAHOE ” Construction kicked into gear this week at Lake Tahoe marking the beginning of the grading season in the Basin, according to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. To protect from widespread erosion, open digging and grading projects are limited to dry months between May 1 and Oct. 15 at Lake Tahoe.

Grading is limited to times that soil is the most stable and activity likely to cause the least amount of potential polluted runoff. With minimal snow on the ground this spring, conditions are suitable for construction activity, said TRPA officials.

Grading is the cutting or moving of soil for construction of a driveway, parking area, utility line, building or other structure.

Any project involving more than three cubic yards of soil disturbance requires contacting TRPA.

With the beginning of the grading season, it is anticipated that property owners will begin to ramp up defensible space work and installation of erosion control projects on their parcels.

As such, Lake Tahoe fire agencies are offering programs to help homeowners and the Nevada Fire Safe Council will again provide rebates to eligible homeowners for tree removal and defensible space measures.

With regard to erosion control or “best management practices” (BMPs), all statutory deadlines have passed for BMP work and properties that haven’t been issued a certificate are now due.

For homes in Nevada, contact the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District at (775) 586-1610. In California, contact the Tahoe Resource Conservation District at (530) 543-1501.

The Nevada Fire Safe Council serves California and Nevada homeowners in the Tahoe Region by offering free evaluations and a rebate program for vegetation removal. Contact the council at (530) 543-FIRE (3473).

For additional information, call Jeff Cowen at (775) 589-5278 or email to

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