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
To fight weeds and improve water clarity and quality, we need your help.
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).
Other ways to save water & help our lagoons and lake:
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:
How to read your fertilizer bag:
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!
BMPs in the Tahoe Keys
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
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?
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: