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North Tahoe projects among ‘Best in Basin’

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Last month, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recognized recipients of the 2012 Best in the Basin Awards.

It marked the 23rd year TRPA’s Best in the Basin awards program has recognized projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, design and compatibility with the Lake Tahoe environment. Local professionals in the fields of landscaping, planning, engineering, water quality, and resource management judged each category. 

“We are proud to honor this years’ list of Best in Basin winners,” said Joanne S. Marchetta, Executive Director of TRPA. “The restoration and protection efforts at Lake Tahoe are among the most innovative in the world and set an example for other communities facing similar issues.”

The 2012 Best in the Basin project winners are:

Stormwater BMPs: El Dorado County, Donaldo Palaroan CE, for the BMP Retrofit of the Shakori Drive Maintenance Yard, 1121 Shakori Drive, Meyers, California. 

Residential Remodel and Green Building Project: David Reichel and Katharine Miller for the Ottawa Drive Garage and Guest House Project, 1330 Ottawa Drive, Meyers, California.

Residential Rebuild Project: Bill and Sue Parker for the Parker Family Retreat, 6900 West Lake Blvd., Tahoma, California.

Commercial Project: Alan and Martha Bryan for the Cedar Glen Lodge Remodel, 6589 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista, California.

Restoration Project: Incline Village General Improvement District, Brad Johnson PE, for the Third Creek Restoration Project Final Phase, between Hwy 28 and the Lake, Incline Village, Nevada.

Restoration Project, Honorable Mention: Nevada Division of State Lands, Elyse Randles Land Agent, for the Burgundy Hills Soil and Stream Environment Zone Restoration Project, Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nevada. 

Erosion Control Project: Washoe County, Kris Klein, and Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, Megan Kelley PE, for the Hybrid BMP Project, Village Blvd between Ace Court and Golfers Pass Road, Incline Village, Nevada.

Public Service Project: Incline Village General Improvement District, Brad Johnson PE, for the Diamond Peak Skier Services Building, 1210 Ski Way, Incline Village, Nevada.

Forest Fuel Reduction Project: Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Area Homeowners, Come Again Meadow Fuel Reduction and Meadow Restoration Project, 3 Ring Road, Rubicon Bay, California. 

Forest Fuel Reduction Project Honorable Mention: Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District and Logan Creek Community Homeowners, Logan Creek Community Defensible Space Project, Glenbrook, Nevada.

Recreation Project: Tahoe City Public Utility District for the Lakeside Trail, a 1-mile segment of trail connecting the “64 acres” to the Tahoe State Recreation Area, Tahoe City, California.

Shorezone Project: City of South Lake Tahoe, Hillary Roverud, and California Tahoe Conservancy, Bruce Eisner, for the El Dorado Beach Improvement Project at Lakeview Commons, Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, California.

Other/Mixed-Use Project: Tahoe Yacht Harbor LLC, Jim Phelan Manager, for the Tahoe City Marina Master Plan, 700 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, California.


Nomination changes for 2013 awards

TRPA also recently announced updates to the program for the coming project year that make the program more flexible and allow project nominees to be evaluated under better weather conditions.

For 2013, the Best in the Basin nomination period will run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 for projects that are completed between Oct. 12, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2013.

The updated nomination period will allow the judging panel to attend project tours the following spring or early summer when snow has receded and vegetation is at its best, rather than dodging changing weather conditions and visiting winterized sites in late October or November as has been the practice.

For additional information and images of any of this year’s Best in the Basin award winners, visit

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