Conservancy Board Approves Second Round of Grant Program, Aquatic Invasive Plant Project

Tahoe City, Calif.—The California Tahoe Conservancy Board today made $3.6 million available for multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection projects. Grant applications for this second round of Proposition 1 funding are due April 28, 2017.

“In 2016, the Conservancy awarded Proposition 1 funding for nine projects totaling $9.46 million,” said John Hooper, the Conservancy’s Vice Chairman of the Board. “Today’s Board action provides the Conservancy another opportunity to fund important environmental improvements around the Basin and I look forward to seeing the next round of lake-saving projects come to fruition.”

The Conservancy Board will consider approving funding for projects no later than December, 2017. Program guidelines, grant application package, and other materials are available at http://tahoe.ca.gov/.

The Board also authorized $260,128 for a grant to the Tahoe Resource Conservation District to conduct a pilot project to kill invasive weeds at Lakeside Beach and Marina in South Lake Tahoe. The project will utilize an innovative new technology that uses ultraviolet light to kill aquatic invasive plants. The technology was successfully demonstrated in a
laboratory and this project seeks to determine its effectiveness in Lake Tahoe.

At the same meeting, the Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of South Lake Tahoe and Lake Tahoe Community College District to assign operation, maintenance, and land management responsibilities for the South Tahoe Greenway Shared Use Trail. The Board also heard updates on the Conservancy’s Lake Tahoe License Plate