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Homeowners Play an Important Role in Saving Lake Tahoe

TitleHomeowners Play an Important Role in Saving Lake Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-05-25
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #69 - "Community Watershed Planning" (Air Date: June 1, 2004). Todd Gillihan from the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District discusses how property owners can save money while puttng in their BMP's (Best Management Practices) in order to control erosion.
SubjectSoil erosion --Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 69: Community Watershed Planning Air Date: June 1, 2004 Tease: @ 20:24 "When it comes to protecting Lake Tahoe it all starts at the top of the watershed. I'm Shelly Purdy, in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report I'll take you to a beautiful home where they're doing their part to protect the lake." Anchor Intro: All homeowners at Lake Tahoe are required to install BMP's or "Best Management Practices" on their property to help control erosion. In tonight's Lake Tahoe Report, Shelly Purdy shows us a way property owners can save money while puttng in their BMP's. ((track 1)) It seems like this home sits on top of the world…high up on the mountain with breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe. The reality is…this home is at top…the top of a watershed that drains into the lake. That's why when Bill Watson bought this house, he wanted to do the right thing: put in some landscaping with the best management practices in mind. ((sot @ 16:18 Bill Watson, Homeowner)) "What we did was we backed up the hillside and followed the natural contour and allowed tha water that flows off the lawn to drain onto this table which in turn has a drainage system that puts the water into a dry well and controls the runoff." ((track 2)) He also reduced the amount of sod on the property, stabilized the eroding hillside and installed water infiltration systems around the house to control runoff. Bill is lucky he has the financial resources to take on such a big job. But, for the average homeowner in the Tahoe Basin, cost can be an issue. ((s/u @ 18:32 Shelly Purdy)) "The reality of BMPs is not only are they required by local ordinance, but they also are intended to help preserve Lake Tahoe. That's why when neighbor's work together so much more can be accomplished." ((sot @ 2:44 Todd Gillihan, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District)) "It allows us to work with the contractor and the homeowner and try to get a group of people together where a contractor can come and give a bid on four to five homes at a time. And he can mobilize once when the contractor comes out to do the labor and he can buy the materials in bulk which is one of the biggest cost savings." ((track 3)) Todd Gillihan from the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District specializes in helping people with BMP's. He provides free evaluations and technical assistance to property owners. He's always looking for ways to get homeowners to work together on BMP projects, because not only does it save money but also helps control erosion and runoff from getting into the lake. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education, I'm Shelly Purdy for kolo news channel 8. Anchor Tag: Fore more information about BMPs or to contact the Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, visit our website at

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