TRPA Seeking Input on Best Management Practices

Lake Tahoe, CA/NV – The current TRPA Handbook of Best Management Practices (BMP Handbook) was last updated in 1988 and according to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), it is due for an update. The Agency is seeking input on the content of the updated handbook, which reflects recent science and current methods and tools to address stormwater runoff in the Lake Tahoe Region.

The BMP Handbook provides guidance to consultants, engineers, contractors, homeowners, agencies, and others who are proposing projects in the Lake Tahoe Region which may affect water quality. Stormwater is an evolving science and new research provides information that improves BMP effectiveness and design, according to TRPA Stormwater Management Program Team Leader Erik Larson.

The proposed Final Draft BMP Handbook contains stormwater BMPs widely applicable in the Lake Tahoe Region, but is not an exhaustive list of all BMPs, Larson said. The Handbook is expected to be updated as needed.

Topics addressed in the proposed Final Draft BMP Handbook include urban hydrology, site analysis, temporary and permanent BMPs selection, shorezone protective structures, soils restoration and revegetation, approved plant lists, fertilizers, fire defensible space, inspection, maintenance, and monitoring.

Stakeholder input is encouraged and will be accepted until August 1, 2011. The current 1988 BMP Handbook and the Final Draft BMP Handbook are available online at and your input can be submitted through the website. Input may also be submitted by email to (Subject: BMP Handbook Comments) or by mail to TRPA (Attn: Janny Choy, TRPA, PO Box 5310, Stateline, NV 89449). After stakeholder input has been addressed, the Final BMP Handbook is expected to be presented to the TRPA Governing Board at the end of 2011.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency cooperatively leads the effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region now and in the future.