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Local Businesses Can Be Recognized as Lake Friendly

TitleLocal Businesses Can Be Recognized as Lake Friendly
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2005-04-11
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #115 - "Commercial BMPs" (Air Date: May 3, 2005). Birgit Widegrin from the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency discusses its new commercial BMP ("Best Management Practices") program and its implications for commercial and industrial property owners.
SubjectErosion -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (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 Digital2006-02-15
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment A115: Commercial BMPs Air Date: May 3, 2005 Tease @ 23:05 "the TRPA is rolling out a new commercial BMP program. I'm Shelly Purdy, coming up on the Lake Tahoe Report I'll tell you what this means for commercial and industrial property owners here at Lake Tahoe." Anchor Intro: The term "B-M-P" is short for "Best Management Practices." The agencies at Lake Tahoe have been requiring homeowners there to install BMPs to help improve the quality of the lake. Now, those agencies are targeting commercial property owners to do their part. Shelly Purdy explains in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((TAKE PKG)) ((track 1)) Homeowners have been asked for years to install BMPs by doing work on their property that controls erosion. Regulations at Tahoe require that every property owner does it. Up until now, the focus has been mostly on homeowners. But that's all changing this month with a new effort to educate commercial and industrial property owners about the importance of BMPs. ((sot @ 1:27 Birgit Widegrin, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency)) "What we're trying to say is Lake Tahoe's clarity is everyone's business. Urban runoff or storm water snowmelt coming off impervious surfaces such as the road in front of me, behind me as well as the businesses all contributes to the loss of clarity at Lake Tahoe." ((track 2)) Business owners will be sent a brochure explaining what BMPs are. They'll be asked to contact the TRPA to get a free consultation and inspection of their property. And they may be required to do some BMP work. ((sot @ 1:57)) "We actually have a great BMP behind me here. This whole area…many of the roads drain into these storm water detention basins and they're also aesthetically pleasing, but they're performing a job for us." ((track 3)) Most likely, the BMP work required by commercial property owners won't be as involved as this detention basin, but some sort of erosion control could be necessary. Companies that properly install their BMPs will be recognized as a Lake Tahoe Friendly Business. ((sot @ 3:44)) "What that means is you've done your part implementing your BMPs on your site and you've also committed to maintaining them to make sure they've been effective for the life of your site." ((track 4)) Businesses that do that will receive yearly recognition throughout the Lake Tahoe area. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO News Channel 8. Anchor Tag: As Shelly said, BMPs are designed to control erosion. Controlling erosion is important at Lake Tahoe because it helps keep sediment and nutrients from getting into the lake. It's that sediment and nutrients that are causing Tahoe to lose its clarity.

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