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Free Best Management Practices (BMP) classes in Spanish

Posted 7/14/2009

by Robert Mills

UNCE to educate workers, protect Tahoe’s water quality

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) will present two free courses on Best Management Practices (BMP) for Spanish-speaking landscape and construction workers. The two classes will take place at separate locations — Tuesday, August 4 at Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) in South Shore Lake Tahoe from 6 to 9 p.m. and Wednesday, August 5 at Incline Village Library from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Both events are free to Spanish-speaking workers interested in improving job skills and taking part in a community-wide effort to protect Lake Tahoe.

The courses will feature an introduction to Best Management Practices and how they work to protect the lake.

Participants will learn to install five types of BMPs:

  1. Driveways and conveyance runoffs
  2. Infiltration systems and runoffs
  3. Vegetation and mulch
  4. Slope stabilization for slopes over 50 percent grade
  5. Temporary BMPs for construction

BMPs are land-management techniques that control erosion and prevent water pollution; resulting in attractive, healthy landscapes. Property owners in Lake Tahoe are required by local regulations to implement BMPs on their properties in order to protect Lake Tahoe’s water quality and unique beauty. Many contractors and landscapers already assist Tahoe property owners in installing BMPs. These classes will give Spanish-speaking workers information about how BMPs work and how to install and maintain attractive, effective landscapes.

Classes are free, but advanced registration is requested. For more information, call University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, (775) 832-4150.

UNCE partnered with Nevada Tahoe Conservation District, Project MANA, South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center and North Tahoe Family Resource Center to present these free programs.

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