Lake Tahoe’s North Shore garners six TRPA awards |

Lake Tahoe’s North Shore garners six TRPA awards

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will recognize the ten recipients of its 2008 Best in the Basin Awards today at The Chateau ” and six will be North Shore projects.

“These are the property owners and professionals whose investment and work are a critical part of the restoration effort in Lake Tahoe,” said Dennis Oliver, Best in the Basin program coordinator. “We recognize their extraordinary accomplishments as an example of the collaboration that is needed to take the restoration to the next level.”

This is the 19th year TRPA’s Best in the Basin award program has recognized projects demonstrating exceptional planning, design, and compatibility with the Lake Tahoe environment. Local professionals in the fields of architecture, landscaping, planning, engineering, and resource management served as judges.

The Crystal Bay Phase 1 Water Quality Improvement Project won for Best Erosion Control Project. The project on Somers Loop Road incorporated cutting-edge techniques for storm water management including vegetated pavers, pervious concrete and large underground infiltration galleries to create an area-wide erosion control effort.

“It’s very well designed and it’s good case study for what needs to happen in Tahoe in terms of combining best management practices on site with an area wide storm water treatment,” Oliver said.

The project was achieved by engineers at Nichols Consulting, landscaping by Integrated Restorations Services and contractors with Aspen Developer’s Corporation. The project was funded by the Nevada Tahoe Bond act and the USDA Forest Service. The TRPA awarded special recognition to the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District

“It’s nice to be recognized for what we’ve been doing for 20 years at Washoe County,” said Kimble Corbridge, senior license engineer with Washoe County, which helped to coordinate and develop the project.

Another North Shore awardee is the residence of Carolyn Pretzer that won Best Residential Defensible Space Work.

“She is the defensible space poster child,” Oliver said of Pretzer. “She had a lot of unique challenges to work with.”

Work on Pretzer’s Tahoe Vista home was done by Rockwood Inc. of Kings Beach with a special recognition to the Nevada Fire Safe Council.

Best Mixed Use Project: Curtzwiler Building at 1089 Magua Street in Meyers, owned by Ken Curtzwiler.

Best Green Building Project: Hackett residence, 1348 Dick Lake Road, South Lake Tahoe, Bret and Rosie Hackett owners.

Public Service: Sky Forest Acres, 714 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, owner South Lake Tahoe Supportive Housing, Inc.

Best Area-Wide Defensible Space Work: Chinquapin Homeowners Association, at 3600 North Lake Tahoe Boulevard, Tahoe City.

Best Commercial Rebuild: Tahoe Maritime Museum, 5205 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

Best Restoration of a Historic Structure: Tahoe Fish Hatchery, 2394 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, owner University of California,

Best Management Practices (BMP) Retrofit: The Crosswhite residence, 4676 North Lake Blvd., Carnelian Bay,

Best Shoreland Project: The Lane residence, 181 Paradise Flat Lane, South Lake Tahoe.

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