environment

  • Bears in the Tahoe Keys

    bears strolling the lagoons at winter

    The black bears are in the Tahoe Keys looking for food and shelter this time of year. The situation this year is exacerbated over prior years because of the ongoing drought conditions that have reduced natural food supplies in the surrounding areas. This article is intended to provide some actions that we can take as a community to discourage bears from taking up residence in the Tahoe Keys and your property.

  • Channels

    Tahoe Keys Outdoor Pool

    Most of the 1500+ members who own homes, townhouses or vacant lots have a private boat dock that are conveniently located on numerous lagoons, canals or the Tahoe Keys Marina with its boat launching ramps. Homes have individual or multiple “gang” docks on their own property. Townhouses have separate and exclusive Cove docks with slips for each owner.

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    Waterfront living provides direct access to Lake Tahoe and its many water sports. Access to the Lake from the individual and cove docks is via either the East [Marina]channel or the West [Owners] channel which are maintained by the TKPOA Water Department. We have five weed-harvesters, machines that are deployed daily in our channels and dock areas harvesting and collecting the millfoil and other weed growth, and removing it from the water, helping to keep the channels clear. There are also crews in small boats skimming the surface for the floating weeds, as well as collecting weeds that individual homeowners might have raked up by their docks.

    All boats docked at a Tahoe Keys Townhouse Subdivision Dock require a TKPOA sticker. Please see document below, visit the Pavilion for more information or call (530) 542-6444 ext. 221.

  • Did Tahoe's transportation planners hear from you?

    The Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization has released a draft Active Transportation Plan for Tahoe, intended to provide a comprehensive and regional plan for bike and pedestrian improvements for the coming years. They want to hear from you!

  • Dye Studies Notice

    Dye Studies Planned For Lagoons Starting week of Monday, May 30 2016

    As part of our ongoing planning and efforts to get the aquatic invasive weeds in our lagoons under control, the Association will be conducting two dye studies this summer.

  • Dye Studies Notice 2

    Second Dye Study Scheduled Monday June 20th, 2016

    As part of our ongoing planning and efforts to get the aquatic invasive weeds in our lagoons under control, the Association is conducting two dye studies this summer.

  • East Channel Dredging Status 2015-01-13

    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

  • Fuel spill in Spinnaker Cove

    Attention Tahoe Keys Property Owner Association (TKPOA) Boat owners and operators.

    On May 25, 2016, the Tahoe Keys experienced a fuel spill from an unknown source in our Spinnaker Cove area. TKPOA and Clean Harbors are working diligently to clean up the contaminate as soon as possible.

    As of May 27 the spill has been removed and the area is again open to boat traffic.

    The east portion of Spinnaker Cove is closed and contained by chemical removal absorbent booming material.

    Please avoid the area as vessels will not be allowed to drive past the closed area until Clean Harbors has removed all the contaminate from the water. California Fish and Wildlife Investigators as well as biologists from several agencies have been on scene and are investigating the cause of the spill. We anticipate opening of Spinnaker Bay on Friday May 27, 2016. Please be aware that any vessel driving through the containment boom into the closed area may be subject to any damages or additional clean up fees incurred. Short Term Vacation Renters should advise potential renters that accesses to boat docks within Spinnaker Cove will be limited until conclusion of the clean-up procedure. For any additional questions or concerns please contact the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association Office at 530-542-6444 or check the website at www.tkpoa.com.

  • Lagoon Water Quality

    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: www.keysweedsmanagement.org

    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.

  • Lake Tahoe Water Levels

    A screenshot of the current water level in Lake Tahoe.

  • Lake Tallac Purchase Documents

    Documents pertaining to the Lake Tallac Purchase are posted in the Documents section,

  • Lake Tallac Storm Water Diversion

    At approximately 7:45AM this morning Jim Marino – Assistant Public Works Director - City of South Lake Tahoe Public Works contacted Kirk Wooldridge and Justin Phillips Interim Water Company Supervisor to request the TKPOA open the Lake Tallac Storm Water Diversion Structure – Weir Gate located at Well #2. The reason for this was that water is flowing from the Truckee River through the Truckee Marsh, and Corporation Yard toward the Tahoe Keys Boulevard and Dover Street causing flooding in this area. The City of South Lake Tahoe (CSLT) is using a loader to remove snow berms on Dover Street to allow the water to flow into Lake Tallac. Notifications to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Board (LRWQCB) that the Lake Tallac Storm Water Diversion Structure – Weir Gate will be discharging into Lake Tahoe due to threat of property damage and flooding have been made.

  • League to contribute funds to study solutions to aquatic invasive weeds at the Tahoe Keys

    The League to Save Lake Tahoe has offered to fund a portion of a study of methods that might finally address a decades-old infestation of aquatic invasive plants in the lagoons of the Tahoe Keys, adjacent to Lake Tahoe.
    Read the full press release by clicking the link above.

  • Lighthouse Shores Pedestrian Gate Closure

    The Board of Directors announced at the Saturday May 20th, 2017 Regular Board Meeting that the Light House Shores (LHS) pedestrian access gate will be temporary closed due to the water levels that exist on Lot C Beach areas.

  • Lighthouse Shores Pedestrian Gate Closure - Update

    The Board of Directors announced at the Friday June 16th, 2017 Regular Board Meeting that the Light House Shores (LHS) pedestrian access gate will be continue to be closed due to the water levels that exist on Lot C Beach areas.

  • NOTICE OF EMERGENCY CHANGE TO ASSOCIATION RULES

    TEXT OF PROPOSED CHANGES

    (Deletions are shown in strikethrough type and additions in bold underlined type)

    On May 22, 2015, the Board of Directors approved the following Mandatory Emergency Rules Effective for 120 Days or until amended or Adopted by the TKPOA Board of Directors

    WATER CONSERVATION RULES - MANDATORY

    Purpose and Effect of Proposed Rule Change

    To implement a mandatory and enforceable Water Conservation program for the Tahoe Keys Property Owner Association in compliance with the State of California – Executive Order B-29-15. [April 25th 2015 State of Emergency – Severe Drought Conditions]

  • Notice of Water Conservation Rules

    At the May 20th, 2016 Regular Board Meeting, the TKPOA Board of Directors voted NOT to approve recent proposed changes to the Water Conservation Rules.

    The full text of the current TKPOA Water Conservation Rules in effect is below for review.

  • Pipe Keepers - Introductory Training December 7, 2016

    The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association will be hosting a Pipe Keepers Introductory Training at our Pavilion on December 7th from 2:00-4:00 P.M.

  • Prescribed Fire Operations in South Lake Tahoe this Week

    The U.S. Forest Service may conduct prescribed fire operations in several areas in South Lake Tahoe beginning today. Operations may take place on Gardner Mountain near South Tahoe High School, Gardner Street and Ski Run Boulevard near Heavenly. Operations may last through the next several weeks as conditions allow.

  • Protecting our wildlife neighbors

    Wildlife

    The Tahoe Keys has a good record of eliminating inappropriate food sources for wildlife, which is why there are very few reports of confrontations with bears, coyotes, raccoons and other scavengers. More is being done to educate home owners and renters on use of bird seeds, exposed pet foods and attracting wildlife by hand feeding.

    Wildlife and water fowl are protected by Fish and Game Regulations, and by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 asc, 707-711). They are part of the Tahoe Keys environment. Feeding of wildlife is strictly prohibited and subject to fines.

    image Do not feed any wildlife - it's against the law and not good for the critters.

    TKPOA cooperates with the Bear League in both protecting wildlife and reporting incidents where bears are involved with trash or human interaction. To contact the BEAR LEAGUE, call 530.525.PAWS, or visit their website at www.savebears.org.

    image Bitsy - www.savebears.org

    No dead fish, bait, animal or pet excrement, or other putrefying matter shall be deposited, or allowed to be deposited, in the waterways, left on the banks, piers, floats, docks, gutters or walkways in TKPOA.

    TKPOA enforces stringent garbage/waste management practices with property owners and their guests, including fines for non-performance. These include the absolute prohibition on curbside trash disposal except on scheduled pick-up days (currently Fridays). Exceptions are made for curbside placement of non-food wastes, like landscape and yard trimmings. If you see any garbage violations please report these immediately to the Front-desk or TKPOA Security at the phone numbers or email listed below.

    TKPOA provides special disposal facilities for owners and their guests to use on non-pickup days. The Keys manages high aestetics for our properties and the ACC does not approve individual animal proof storage containers in front yards or front setbacks.

    Pets

    The Tahoe Keys has been a leader in providing special facilities for pet-waste disposal. These include plastic bag dispensers and sanitary disposal cans, located in several common areas and community parks. More pet-waste disposal stations will be placed on common areas during 2014. The Keys is a very popular place for residents and visitors to walk their pets. Assuring pet wastes are disposed of properly is an aesthetic, public health and environmental concern.

    City and County ordinances pertaining to dogs shall apply to this complex and provide (in part) that dogs must be kept on a leash or confined within their owners unit or property. If any pet becomes a general nuisance, restrictive action and fines will be imposed.

    Damage to shrubbery or other common areas by domestic animals will be at the expense of the animal’s owner. Property owners are responsible for the prompt disposal of all their dog or cat waste in secure bags in trash cans to prevent flies and odor. Cats can be considered a nuisance and are subject to special owner control to avoid complaints. Property owners will be held responsible for renters’/tenants’ pets.

  • Tahoe Keys Long Term and Facility Use Plan Presentation 6/25 2015

    Posted in the documents section under facilities.
  • Volunteers mark 180 drains in Tahoe Keys with ‘No Dumping’ signs

    Volunteers marked the last two storm drains in the Tahoe Keys community and marina with metal “No Dumping” signs Friday, making it the first neighborhood at the lake to do so.

    Read the full article in Tahoe Daily Tribune

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  • Vote on West Channel Dredging Project

    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.

  • Water Conservation

    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.

  • Water Department 2014 Consumer Confidence Report

    Water Department 2014 Consumer Confidence Report.

    We test the drinking water quality as required by State and Federal Regulations. This report shows the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1 - December 31, 2013. Type of water source(s) in use: Groundwater, Three wells pumping from aquifers, and Purchased water from South Tahoe Public Utility District

    The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally-occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

    Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

    • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria that may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
    • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, that can be naturally-occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
    • Pesticides and herbicides that may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
    • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals that are byproducts of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, agricultural application, and septic systems.
    • Radioactive contaminants that can be naturally-occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

    In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the USEPA and the state Department of Public Health (Department) prescribe regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Department regulations also establish limits for contaminants in bottled water that must provide the same protection for public health.

  • Water System Update

    Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) Board of Directors and Staff has corrected the temporary emergency situation that occurred limiting the TKPOA water system pumping capacity.