What are BMPs and how can they help save Lake Tahoe?

Best Management Practices (BMPs) are proven methods to help developed properties function more like natural, undisturbed forest and meadowland. Water that is conveyed to a lake by an undisturbed watershed is usually quite pure, because the watershed’s soils and plants act as a natural water purification system. BMPs help developed properties mimic natural conditions, preventing sediment and nutrients from entering our surface waters and filtering runoff water through the soil. By implementing BMPs, property owners can help slow the loss of lake clarity. According to the recently published Lake Tahoe Watershed Assessment, scientists have determined that implementing BMPs on existing development is one of the most critical steps toward not only maintaining, but also improving water quality.