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Erosion Control BMP Workshops April 20 & 27

Posted on April 4, 2012
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Eco-Tips

The 13th annual Workshops for Erosion Control Best Management Practices (BMPs) in the Tahoe Basin will be offered on April 20th and 27th in Incline Village and Stateline, NV.

The BMP Workshops train and update contractors and do-it-yourselfers in proper BMP installation procedures for the Lake Tahoe Basin, featuring outdoor presentations, exhibits and activities in addition to indoor lectures.

The Basic Contractors Workshop will take place on April 20th at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, NV from 8am to 4:50pm and will focus on how to interpret a BMP Site Evaluation and install BMPs correctly in order to pass inspection.   The half-day Refresher Workshop, which reviews BMP installation and provides regulation updates, will be held on April 27th at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency in Stateline, NV, from 8am to noon. To enroll in the Refresher Workshop, participants must have successfully completed either workshop within the past 2 years.

“BMPs are a cornerstone of conservation in Tahoe. These workshops not only keep Tahoe blue, they also benefit contractors.  Contractors learn to avoid costly errors, improve efficiency, and gain an edge in marketing their business to homeowners,” explained Courtney Walker, Conservation Planner at the Tahoe RCD. “A business qualifies for the BMP Installation Providers List as long as one or more employees pass either course at least every other year. This list is available to property owners on the websites of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Tahoe Resource Conservation District and Nevada Tahoe Conservation District.”

The early registration fee for the Basic Workshop is $18; registrations made after April 6th will cost $35.  The early registration fee for the Refresher Workshop is $12; registrations after April 6th will cost $25. The fee includes admission, the most recent edition of the Contractors’ Manual, “How to Install Residential Scale Best Management Practices in the Lake Tahoe Basin,” and light refreshments. An abbreviated version of the Basic Workshop for Spanish speakers will be offered, free of cost, on May 16th from 5pm to 9pm at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences.  The Spanish workshop is an informative tool, but attendance does not grant a business listing on the BMP Installation Providers List at this time. To register for any of these workshops, visit www.unce.unr.edu/adhoc/bmpworkshop, or contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension at (775) 832-4144.

The workshops are made possible through a collaborative effort by the Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD), the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE). The Nevada Division of Environmental Protection has provided a 319h Clean Water Act Grant to help cover the costs of these workshops.

What are erosion control BMPs?

Designed to reduce the amount of storm water runoff carrying fine sediments, fertilizers and other pollutants into the Lake and its tributaries, BMPs are required on all developed properties in the Basin. Common BMPs include gravel or vegetation under roof drip-lines, and slotted-channel drains and infiltration systems that capture driveway runoff.  BMPs can be extremely affordable and also increase property value.

About the Partners

The Natural Resource Conservation Service is a federal agency under the US Department of Agriculture.  It works with landowners through conservation planning and assistance designed to benefit the soil, water, air, plants, and animals that result in productive lands and healthy ecosystems.

The Nevada Tahoe Conservation District is a non-regulatory and grant funded agency that works closely with its federal, state, and local partners to deliver conservation programs to the Nevada Lake Tahoe Community.  Its mission is to promote the conservation and improvement of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s natural resources by providing leadership, education, and technical assistance to all basin users.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is the bi-state regulatory agency created under the Tahoe Regional Planning Compact. It 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.

The Tahoe RCD’s mission is to promote the conservation and improvement of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s soil, water, and related natural resources by providing leadership, information, programs, and technical assistance to all land managers, owners, organizations, and residents in a non-regulatory manner.  Its programs focus on erosion control, runoff infiltration, terrestrial and aquatic invasive species control, and conservation landscaping.

The University of Nevada Cooperative Extension strives to discover, develop, disseminate, preserve and use knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of people.  Together with volunteers, its more than 200 personnel in 20 offices enable agriculture, families and communities to remain viable in an increasingly complex and technological world.

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