• Boat Backup Station

    We need your help to stop the spread of aquatic invasive plants. Follow these steps to remove plant fragments from your boat:

    Tahoe Keys Boat Backup Station

    This summer the Tahoe Keys will have boat backup stations to reduce the transport of weeds by boats. Look for buoys with signs in the channel where, if timing and boat traffic permit, you should:
    • Stop your vessel
    • Reverse your prop
    • Back your vessel up 10 feet
    That way weeds don't make their way out into Lake Tahoe on your propeller to propagate and spread.
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    To fight weeds and improve water clarity and quality, we need your help.

    Lake + Lagoon Friendly Landscaping

    Save water + improve landscaping = cleaner, clearer lagoons

    What you can do

     

    Join our Lake friendly Landscaping campaign this spring! Here’s how you (or your landscaper) can have a Lake Friendly Landscape that protects what we all love: our lagoons and lake!
     

     

    Lake Friendly Landscaping is Easy.

     

    Step 1: Don’t feed the weeds & clarity-killing algae with excess water run off - reduce your water use.

     

     

    Saving water is a win-win-win. You save money, reduce runoff into the lake and lagoons and save water (we may have had a good winter, but that doesn't make up for four below average ones before it).

     

    Follow these simple Keys watering rules:
    • Even-numbered street address: Water Monday, Wednesday, Friday
    • Odd-numbered street address: Water Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday
    • No irrigation on Saturdays
    • No irrigation between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.
    • Exemptions:
      1. OK to water newly planted sod for 21 days, seeded lawns for 30 days, and bedding plants for 15 days.
      2. Drip irrigation & hand watering with automatic shut-off nozzle is also exempt.

    Other ways to save water & help our lagoons and lake:

    • Use only what can be absorbed: Do not allow water to flow over or onto neighboring properties
    • Repair leaks in plumbing and irrigation systems
    • Don’t irrigate non-landscaped area, natural vegetation or undeveloped property
    • Always use automatic shut-off nozzles on hoses. Continuous discharge from hose is wasteful (and prohibited)
    • Use a broom instead of water to clean sidewalks, driveways, parking areas, tennis courts, decks, patios or other improved areas
    • Water features that do not use re-circulated water (fountains) are prohibited
    • Water no more than 1.5 inches per week in Spring and Fall, 2 inches in July and August

    Step 2: Don’t feed the weeds & clarity-killing algae with phosphorus fertilizer:

     

    Use lake and lagoon friendly and TKPOA approved fertilizer types and applications (no phosphorus). Adding nutrients to the lake and lagoons only helps algae blooms and invasive weeds. The less we feed them, the better.

     

    Follow these simple fertilizer rules:

    • First off, phosphorous-containing fertilizers are banned in the Tahoe Keys. Phosphorous is the primary cause of blue-green algae blooms, like the one that occurred in the Tahoe Keys in 2017.
    • You can still have a beautiful garden by fertilizing turf no more than twice a year: once in the Fall when the average temperature is below 50 degrees F (typically end of August), and once in the Spring after snowmelt and when soil temps reach 50 to 65 degrees F (typically the beginning of May)
    • Don’t use more than one pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet
    • Create a 5-foot buffer between application and open water in order to prevent fertilizer from entering the water
    • Never apply to frozen ground or before a rain event
    • Never apply fertilizer so it falls on pavement where it can be washed into the water

    How to read your fertilizer bag:

    • There are three numbers that typically looks like 16-0-8
    • Those numbers represent NPK or Nitrogen, Phosphorous and potassium
    • Look for bags where the middle number is "0" and use the first number to calculate the correct amount of fertilizer for your lawn.

    Sound Confusing?

    Use this handy fertilizer calculator to find out how much to use on your lawn.

     

    More great resources at Take Care Tahoe.

     

    Contact the Association with any questions or concerns you have about Lake Friendly Landscaping and be sure to share this info with your contracted landscaping company!

     

    Become a Tahoe Pipekeeper with the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

    In the Water

    Helping fight weeds + controling their spread
    What you can do

     

    Nobody likes the invasive aquatic weeds in the Tahoe Keys lagoons. Whether you're swimming, boating, fishing or just enjoying the view, the lagoons will be a better place when we get the weeds under control.

     

    BOATERS:

    Click here to learn about our boat backup station.

     

    PROPERTY OWNERS:
    Contact the Association to find out about placing a bottom barrier mat next season. Bottom Barrier permit applications may be obtained at the TKPOA front desk, or downloaded from the Associations website from www.tkpoa.com. Contact our ACC Department Manager, Linda Callahan, to get on the list to reserve your barrier kit (530)-542-6444 ext. 239.

    BMPs in the Tahoe Keys

    Prevent sediments and pollutants from entering the water

    Best Management Practices, commonly known as BMPs, are a diverse set of methods required by Tahoe Regional Planning Agency to prevent sediments and pollutants from entering ground and surface water in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

     

    For many property owners, this sounds scary – the TRPA handbook on BMPs is 736 pages long! Thankfully, here in the Tahoe Keys, BMPs are pretty simple. Your property may already be compliant, just waiting for a certificate.

     

    First off, many issues, like steep slopes for example, don’t apply in the Tahoe Keys. Additionally, water is slow to infiltrate into the soil in the Tahoe Keys, and the water table is relatively high. These factors limit the range and scope of BMPs that apply to Tahoe Keys properties.

     

    The Tahoe Keys are considered a high priority for BMPs by TRPA, Tahoe Resource Conservation District and the City of South Lake Tahoe. Most properties are in close proximity to water and the lack of BMPs could degrade water quality and increase aquatic invasive plants in the Tahoe Keys Lagoons.

     

    Here’s where you come in.

     

    TRPA recommends using Source Control BMPs for single-family properties. The purpose of Source Control BMPs is to prevent soil erosion. That boils down to:

     

    1) Have a paved driveway
    2) Have some type of soil protection along that driveway and underneath structure driplines:
    • Gravel armor or drain rock 3 inches deep – 18 inches wide for 1 story, 24 inches wide for 2 stories, 30 inches wide for 3 stories. This should be contained by a non-flammable border. Drain rock is washed rock 0.75 to 1.5 inches in diameter
    • Install turf or non-woody irrigated plants – consider native plants for reduced watering and fertilizer needs
    • Don’t use mulch within a 5-foot zone around structures to minimize fire hazard
    3) Maintain a 5-foot defensible space zone around all structures

     

    That’s it! Many single family properties in the Tahoe Keys already meet these requirements, yet don’t have a BMP Source Control Certificate – so getting a certificate could be as simple as making a phone call and getting an inspection. Find out more at www.tahoebmp.org.

     

    But if your property already meets these requirements, why bother with getting the certificate?

    1. It’s good for the environment. We’re all in the fight to improve water clarity and reduce aquatic invasive plants in the Keys together. It benefits us all to win this fight for recreation, property value, etc.
    2. Property value: The steps required of a BMP certificate generally enhance property value.
    3. Permitting for a remodel or addition: BMPs are required to acquire permits with the City of South Lake Tahoe to do a remodel or addition to your home (even decks).
    4. Ease of selling your property: While you aren’t required to have a BMP certificate to sell your property, you must disclose this to potential buyers, adding another hurdle to selling your home.
    5. Fines: While TRPA typically focuses on commercial properties and lakefront properties for not having a BMP certificate rather than single family properties, it can fine up to $5,000 a day if the situation warrants it.

    So what do you do?

     

    First, call the TRPA (775-589-5202) for an inspection. If you pass, you get your certificate! If not, TRPA staff person will recommend steps to make your property compliant, after which you can get another inspection for certification. TRPA staff don't need you to be at home; they just need access to the outside of your property. Both inspection and certification are currently free for single-family homeowners.

     

    That’s all it takes! Please help the lake, help the environment, help the Tahoe Keys and help your property by taking these simple steps.

  • Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) Information

    A cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom was detected in the West Tahoe Keys Lagoon on August 15, 2017. TKPOA responded, working with regulatory agencies and taking precautionary steps to protect residents and visitors from any potentially harmful effects of the bloom. While the bloom has since dissipated, it is important to be aware of the issue and to understand that under the right conditions (increased nutrients in the water from runoff in Lake Tahoe, high temperatures), a bloom could occur in the future. Residents are asked to report potential blooms to TKPOA staff.

    Algae blooms do not effect drinking water, and have been increasingly common around the state and country.

     

    If another bloom occurs, take the following precautions:

    • Avoid contact with algae or scum in the water
    • Wash your hands after contact with the algae or scum
    • Avoid touching your eyes after contact with algae or scum
    • Keep children away from algae or scum
    • Fish caught in these waters should be cleaned with tap or bottled water, guts should be thrown away
    • Do not drink lagoon water or use for cooking
    • Do not eat shellfish from the lagoons
    • Do not let pets swim in, drink the water or eat the algae

    Cyanobacteria information:

     

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