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Best in the basin: Incline property owners recognized for helping maintain Lake Tahoe’s clarity

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A pair of Incline Village residents are among a group of people and entities that will be recognized Wednesday by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for conducting some of the most comprehensive and environmentally conscious projects in 2010 in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Jerry and JoAn Hagy, owners of a property on David Way located a block away from Lakeshore Drive, conducted a BMP erosion control retrofit to their property last summer, installing an underground filtration system capable of trapping nutrients detrimental to Lake Tahoe’s famed clarity.

Last week, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency recognized the Hagys by awarding them an Honorable Mention for the 2011 Best in the Basin Awards — a program that recognizes environmental projects that demonstrate exceptional planning, design and compatibility with Lake Tahoe’s unique environment.

“Overall, the retrofit project showed an artistic sensitivity and attractive design and addressed the challenge of a steep driveway,” said Jeff Cowen, spokesman for the TRPA.

Cowen further praised the project because it will be easy to maintain in coming years.

The Hagys are particularly pleased with the project, because Rob Basile — owner of Basile Management Practices, a certified contracting company which focuses on providing BMP and landscaping design and implementation — managed to incorporate an aesthetically pleasing design into an effective erosion management project.

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