The 11th annual Best Management Practices (BMP) Workshop was held on Friday, April 16, 2010 at the Lake Tahoe Community College. The workshop is offered to contractors and designers to provide them a better understanding of the regulatory requirements within the Lake Tahoe basin. The workshop is organized by the BMP Retrofit Partners, which consist of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) Erosion Control Team, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, Tahoe Resource Conservation District and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.
This year, Joe Cacioppo, P.E., Vice-President of Resource Concepts, Inc. was a guest presenter at the workshop. Mr. Cacioppo presented on the topic of Slope Stabilization. His presentation focused on when to use vegetative versus mechanical stabilization methods, as well as the various alternatives associated with each. The presentation further discussed the limitations and benefits to each approach, and showed photographs of field installations that not only displayed each approach, but also blended multiple approaches to best match the natural environment.
Additional topics presented at the workshop included:
- Water Quality Science, BMPs, and the Integrated Landscape
- How to Interpret a Completed Site Evaluation
- Tips for Passing a Final BMP Inspection to Obtain a Certificate of Completion
- Infiltration System Installation and Performance
- Driveway Paving and Conveyance of Runoff
- Preventing Erosion & Creating Defensible Space Using Vegetation & Mulch
The workshop included a morning indoor session followed by an afternoon outdoor session. The outdoor session allowed attendees to see the various topics put into a practical setting.
Resource Concepts, Inc. was honored to be the only private consultant to present at this year’s workshop and has agreed to again present next year.