Environmental Improvement Program

“We have a shared responsibility to build on our commitment at all levels to be sure the Lake and its environs are protected.”

– President Bill Clinton, Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum, July 26, 1997

2013 Marks 15 Years of Restoration In Progress

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What is the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP)?


Launched in 1997, the Lake Tahoe EIP is a partnership of federal, state, and local agencies, private interests, and the Washoe Tribe, created to protect and improve the extraordinary natural and recreational resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin. EIP Partners implement hundreds of projects a year in the following program areas: (1) Watersheds, Water Quality, and Habitat, (2) Forest Management, (3) Air Quality & Transportation, (4) Recreation & Scenic Resources, and (5) Applied Science. EIP projects include everything from new bike trails to creek restoration projects to programs that protect the lake from aquatic invasive species infestations.

Why is the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) important?

TRPA launched the EIP in an effort to better implement the Regional Plan and highlighted it at the Presidential Forum at Lake Tahoe in 1997. Recognizing that capital investments, research, and monitoring were essential components of the Regional Plan, the EIP called for an initial investment of $908 million in capital projects and $58 million in research and monitoring over 10 years. The EIP also identified hundreds of specific projects and programs to be undertaken by more than 50 funding partners including federal, state, and local agencies, and the private sector. The projects were focused on improving air, water, and scenic quality, forest health, fish and wildlife, and public access to the Lake and other recreation areas. The prime directive of the EIP was to move the Tahoe Basin closer to environmental threshold attainment. Today, over 400 EIP projects have been completed and hundreds more are in progress, with over $1.69 billion of investment in the highest priority environmental improvement projects.

Measuring Progress

EIP Performance Measures

To ensure cost effectiveness of projects, improve transparency of publicly-funded investments, and ensure ongoing support of EIP projects, EIP partners track and report on 34 EIP performance measures.

EIP 5-Year List

The EIP 5-Year List describes projects and programs that are slated for implementation in the next five years. Projects and programs are added to the list based on the strategic direction embodied within the EIP program areas, and direction provided by the implementation agencies. Projects and programs must implement actions consistent with the action priorities and result in the accomplishment of identified performance measures.