• Landscape Management

    The Tahoe Keys Architectural Control Committee (ACC) encourages and permits private owner landscape design proposals that reduce water consumption and runoff. ACC also encourages use of water efficient native plants, while still protecting the outstanding visual and aesthetic qualities of the neighborhoods. TKPOA has designed several projects for turf-conversion on community landscapes. The association is currently working with the City of South Lake Tahoe on concepts to replace turf areas with native plantings and drip irrigation.

    image Residential paver driveway in the Tahoe Keys paver with shallow infiltration system or “rain garden” (picture courtesy TRPA).

    Encouraging “zero” phosphorus fertilizer use

    In the past the association has provided handouts to property owners that educate on environmentally friendly landscaping methods. Maintenance and ACC personnel require landscape contractors working on common areas to use zero phosphorous fertilizers. A big push currently being made is to eliminate the use of phosphorous on single-family property landscape. Single-family homeowners should contact their landscape contractor and instruct them to use only zero phosphorous fertilizer. If you buy and apply your own fertilizers, look for the ingredients list, which may look like this 15-15-10. The center number is the phosphorous content, which should be zero - “0”. Phosphorous can run-off the landscaping into the lagoons, where it promotes growth of algae and aquatic weeds.

    Requiring BMP (Best Management Practices) certification in City approved construction plans.

    The Architectural Control Committee reviews all construction plans. Part of the review entails checking for BMP certification sign-off by the City of South Lake Tahoe. BMPs are a list of acceptable designs (Best Management Practices) that eliminate runoff into the lake. The association supports single-family homeowners in the Tahoe Keys, who do not yet have BMP certificates, to get BMP certified.

    image Your plan needs to be approved by the city before submitting your application to the ACC.

    BMP Resources

  • Pictures from Cove 1 Fire Restoration 2016-2017
    More pictures have been added today 6/7/2017

  • Pictures from Cove 2 Emergency Bulkhead Repair 2017

  • Tahoe Keys Marina (TKM) representatives (Owner Robert Krillic and General Manger Robert Spinnato) told a TKPOA representative at a meeting held on January 6, 2015 that they have applied for dredging permits and are awaiting approvals. Their intention is to proceed with the dredging upon receipt of the required permits, which include Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, California State Lands Commission, California Fish and Wildlife, and US Army of Corps of Engineers

  • Lagoon Water Quality

    The Tahoe Keys lagoons are inter-connected to Lake Tahoe. Nutrients and fine sediments contained in the lagoon water can adversely impact the clarity of Lake Tahoe. In addition, the aquatic invasive species, aquatic weeds and non-native fish, can be spread to other parts of Lake Tahoe by boats and other human activity.

    TKPOA is working with the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board to develop ways to minimize the quantity of nutrients in the Tahoe Keys lagoon water. The primary method to reduce nutrients is to reduce the discharge of fertilizers that runoff into the lagoons during irrigation. TKPOA is educating its members and promotes the use of phosphorus-free fertilizers, it has also begun a process to notify its members who are observed to be over-irrigating their properties and creating runoff into the lagoons.

    TKPOA is working to develop ways to minimize the quantity of fine sediments in the Tahoe Keys lagoon water. The primary method to reduce fine sediments is by increasing the number of properties that have Best Manage Practices (BMP) in place. To this end, all primary residence construction plans requiring City approval must be reviewed by ACC to ensure that BMPs are included where applicable.

    TKPOA has cooperated with TRPA and TRCD in conducting scientific studies regarding ways to control the growth of aquatic weeds over the past three years. The results of those studies have shown that aquatic weeds can be controlled using harvesting (the current control method), bottom barriers, and aquatic herbicides. TKPOA is developing an integrated aquatic weed management plan (IMP) that will be based on the most cost-effective mix of the identified weed control methods. While harvesting and bottom barriers are currently allowed, the use of aquatic herbicides will require additional study and regulatory approval. To this end, TKPOA is just starting a program to comprehensively assess the impacts of aquatic herbicides to provide a scientific basis for regulatory consideration. This program is likely to take 3 years or more to complete.

    Tahoe Keys Integrated Weed Management Program.

    Nowhere else in Lake Tahoe is the problem of invasive and nuisance aquatic weeds as great as in the Tahoe Keys, where shallow, protected waterways provide ideal conditions for infestation. We must take action to reduce and manage aquatic invasive weeds before they spread. Visist the dedicated website here:

    Tahoe “Pipekeepers” program.

    TKPOA supports initiatives by the League to Save Lake Tahoe (League), like “Pipekeepers” and “Eyes on the Lake”. TKPOA is in discussions with the League to sponsor these programs in our area. Pipekeepers and Eyes on the Lake are important programs that require volunteer resources for support, especially during storm events. TKPOA may be able to host League volunteer training sessions during 2014.

  • Please welcome our new Project Coodinator, Robert Dalenberg. Read a little about his background and what the Project Coordinator does. Robert has also promised to keep us updated, here on the website, regarding different projects in the works. So, in order not to miss out on the action, please subscribe to the newsletter below.

  • All Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) Members should have received a Ballot package (letter with voting instructions and background information, ballot, and two envelopes) for the 2015 West Channel Dredging Project by now. The purpose of the ballot is to permit you to cast your vote authorizing the Association to entire into contracts over $250,000 as required by the CC&Rs for the West Channel Dredging Project. If you have not received a Ballot package please contact the TKPOA front desk at 530.542.6444 Extension 221 at your earliest convenience in order to receive one.

    Ballots must be received in the ballot box located in the TKPOA office or in the TKPOA post office box not later than February 19, 2015 by 4:30 pm PST in order to be counted. Members are encouraged to submit their ballots as soon as possible so that progress towards meeting the quorum requirement can be monitored and to appropriate action can be taken if it appears that the quorum requirement will not be met.

  • Informed Use of Water Resources

    Tahoe Keys property owners are fortunate to own our private water deep well sources of supply. The association recognizes that every Californian is responsible to properly manage their use of this precious resource. The Keys has had a water conservation program in place for several years. The TKPOA water conservation rules may be viewed at the link above.

    Even property street addresses can run their sprinklers Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Odd numbers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. No irrigation on Saturdays.

    California is in the grip of the third year of drought, and more stringent measures may be required to assure compliance with water conservation rules. Follow the top link above to see water usage data and current constervation target.
    Security and Water Company personnel will be contacting homeowners as needed to correct miss-use of Keys water. Fines may be assessed for deliberate or repeated violations.

    image Please keep your irrigation sprinklers correctly adjusted to avoid watering non-landscaped areas, like hardscape and streets. Doing so eliminates waste and runoff that can carry particulates to the lake.

  • The West Channel Dredging Project Ballot PASSED.

  • The Notice to Proceed has been issued for West Channel Maintenance Dredging and Beach Replenishment Project and the contractor will begin mobilizing on March 23.

    THE WEST CHANNEL WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL ACCESS FROM MARCH 23rd, 2015 to MAY 22nd, 2015 (Weather Permitting)