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Nominations being taken for TRPA best of awards

Dave PriceSun News Service

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2006 Tahoe Regional Planning Agencys Best in the Basin Awards.The awards have been presented annually for 17 years to recognize projects within the Tahoe Basin for achievements in planning, design and environmental compatibility while following TRPA guidelines. Nominations will remain open through Sept. 15. Representatives of the Best in the Basin projects will be introduced and presented with certificates of achievement, tentatively at the TRPA Governing Board meeting in January. These valuable awards help recognize projects that go above and beyond what is required by TRPA guidelines and gives people the opportunity to be credited with producing exceptional projects, said Angela Moniot, TRPA Communications Representative. Awards are presented in several categories, including residential, commercial, public service, erosion control, restoration, shorezone/shoreland improvements and defensible space improvements. A new category being introduced this year is green building, designed to recognize projects in which property owners, architects and contractors have integrated green building materials and practices into the projects to make them more sustainable with less environmental impact.TRPA staff, along with area professionals in the fields of architecture, landscaping, planning, engineering, and resource management serve as judges. One project recognized from Incline Village in 2005 was the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Spa, Resort & Casino for Best Commercial Modification on its Aspen Terrace remodel and expansion. Others honored on the North Shore include J. R. Krauss Ltd, of Kings Beach for Best Commercial BMP retrofit and Cave Rock Barrier and Rail for best scenic improvement. The awards have grown in prestige over the years.People are really excited to enter their projects and really excited to receive the recognition, and its important for TRPA to recognize those who go the extra distance doing things the right way, Moniot said. It all falls into recognizing environmentally responsible work.The excitement works both ways, she went on to add.I know its actually exciting (to be part of the judging process) when youre looking at how people have used the native plants and natural resources, Moniot said.For example, the Nevada Department of Transportation was among the 2005 award winners in the best scenic improvement category for a highway barrier at Cave Rock it designed to look like a natural rock wall. Best in the Basin applications are available at TRPAs front desk or online at http://www.trpa.org and nominations must include before and after photographs of the project.