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Placer County to implement BMPs in Kings Beach grid

Kara Fox
Sierra Sun

Placer County is in the beginning stages of implementing best management practices in the Kings Beach grid area, with a target completion date of 2011.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency requires developed properties to contain rain and snowmelt on site, the goal of preventing soil erosion and helping protect Lake Tahoe. The lake’s clarity has dropped from 100 feet in the 1960s to around 71 to 73 feet in recent years.

Incline Village and most of the West Shore were required to have their BMPs completed in 2000, while South Lake Tahoe has a target date of Oct. 15. Most North Shore properties have a deadline of 2008.

There are 42,000 developed parcels in Lake Tahoe. At least 90 percent of properties in California still need to complete their BMPs. About 70 percent in Nevada still need to do the work, although 60 percent of properties are completed in Incline Village, according to Julie Regan, TRPA’s spokesperson.

The bi-state regulatory agency changed development qualifications two to three years ago that link BMPs to housing allocations. Since then, government jurisdictions around the lake have pushed to complete their BMPs on their developed land.

“We would look at what areas had the most erosion and complete those projects,” said Peter Kraatz, deputy director for Placer County’s Department of Public Works. “It was this old thinking of looking at hot spots. Now it is a global thinking of looking at the whole watershed. It is a shift over the last three to four years.”

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Kraatz said Placer County is currently conducting BMP projects in Brockway, Tahoe City, Lake Forest, Dollar Point, Tahoe Estates in Tahoe Vista, Tahoe Pines and Kings Beach.

The Kings Beach BMP project is dependent on the Kings Beach Commercial Core Improvement Project, which is set to improve roadway and pedestrian conditions, Kraatz said.

“Part of the plan is to tie the BMPs together [in Kings Beach],” Kraatz said. “We have done some, but not all.”

Kraatz added that the county will also encourage property owners to complete their BMPs at the same time the county completes its erosion control projects.

The Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a $24,965 contract for a planning study of the Kings Beach grid to look at what areas still need to be improved. Kraatz estimated the entire project could cost upwards of $10 million.

He said construction is scheduled to take place around 2009.

“These will be phased projects over a period of years with several contracts out,” Kraatz said.