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Mitigating Stormwater Impacts to Lake Tahoe: Lessons Learned from the Big Blue Basin

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Intensive efforts to protect Lake Tahoe's water quality have been underway for over 40 years. These efforts have included focused regulatory policy development, including the adoption of the Lake Tahoe total maximum daily load (TMDL) for clarity in 2008, and a broad range of research and monitoring. Additionally, thousands of water quality improvement and stormwater management projects have been implemented by a variety of public and private entities. As the research informed the regulatory policy and planning of these projects, a set of planning and design guidelines evolved to focus planning efforts and limited available funding to those actions proven to be most effective.

This paper presents three Lake Tahoe Basin water quality improvement projects as case studies to illustrate the application of Tahoe's water quality planning process and the lessons learned in implementing effective green stormwater infrastructure and traditional stormwater improvements.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2012

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