Lake Tahoe Erosion Control Grant Program

To make annual payments to the governing bodies of each of the political subdivisions (including public utilities) located in the Lake Tahoe Basin to be used primarily for erosion control and water quality projects.

The goal of the program is to provide federal assistance to address urban stormwater
runoff pollution, the primary source of pollutants (fine sediment and nutrients) affecting the clarity of Lake Tahoe.

This program addresses urban runoff from public roads and right of ways.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2010: Our funding is matched 1:1 by local governmental entities and goes primarily towards two types of projects.

Those projects are stream and/or meadow restorations, and erosion control projects.

Our purpose is to increase the quality of the water that runs into Lake Tahoe from surface roads and developed areas of the Lake Tahoe Basin Watershed.

Stream/meadow restorations help to increase the quality of the water that comes through the watershed by way of ephemeral and permanent creeks and waterways.

Erosion control projects seek to reduce the source of the pollutants, correct the hydrology of the area, and treat the runoff for pollutants of concern.

We also fund effectiveness monitoring and some BMP research to a lesser degree.

Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Barb Shanley or Genevieve Villemarie, Forest Service, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, Telephone: (530) 543-2657 or 2783, Fax: (530) 543-2693, email: or