The goal of the collaborative, multi-stakeholder process is to ensure stakeholder concerns and perspectives are addressed during the environmental analysis, resulting in a project plan that is science-based, broadly supported, and effective at controlling aquatic weeds in the Tahoe Keys lagoons.

TRPA, one of the lead agencies on this project, convened a core committee of stakeholders to select neutral facilitation services and an independent environmental consulting firm for the environmental analysis process.  The selection team is composed of representatives from Lahontan Water Board, TKPOA, TRPA, Tahoe Water Suppliers Association, and The League to Save Lake Tahoe.  The core team unanimously selected Zephyr Collaboration to provide facilitation services for the project, and TRC Solutions, Inc. to provide environmental consulting services.

As a first step in designing a collaborative process, an assessment of stakeholder interests, concerns and questions was completed by Zephyr Collaboration in October 2018. The Stakeholder Assessment Report summarizes various stakeholder interests and perspectives, and includes recommendations for a collaborative, transparent, inclusive stakeholder process to inform the Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Review (EIR/EIS) and decision makers in what has been described as one of the biggest environmental challenges facing Lake Tahoe.

Following the assessment, a Stakeholder Committee (SC) was established to collaboratively develop a process design for environmental review and stakeholder engagement.  The collaborative process design addresses a wide range of topics from establishing a project inquiry process and milestones that correspond with the EIR/EIS analysis and permitting schedule, designing a transparent, collaborative process that includes broad stakeholder perspectives and concerns, inviting a broader Stakeholder Consultation Circle (SCC) and public to workshops at strategic milestones, and developing public outreach materials including a project website.

Stakeholder Committee

Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (listening & advisory role)
League to Save Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Tahoe Resource Conservation District
Tahoe Water Suppliers Association

Stakeholder Consultation Circle

California Attorney General’s Office
California Department of Fish & Wildlife
California State Lands Commission
California Tahoe Conservancy
City of South Lake Tahoe
Key Concerned Citizens
Lake Tahoe AIS Coordinating Committee
Lake Tahoe Marina Association
Lakeside Park Association
Local Native American Tribes
Nevada Department of Environmental Protection
Nevada Tahoe Conservation District
North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
Sierra Club
Southshore Tahoe Chamber
Tahoe Keys Beach and Harbor Association
Tahoe Lakefront Homeowners Association
Tahoe Fund
TIE Steering Committee
U.S. Fish & Wildlife
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