Volume 1 - Program Overview
Volume 1 is intended to provide an overview of the EIP and the Update. It provides the context for the EIP Program within the environmental management framework for the Basin. It also articulates the program needs and goals and provides recommendations for improving implementation of the EIP.
Volume 2 - Master List of Threshold Needs
Volume 2 is the comprehensive master list of science, program, and project needs that are necessary to restore and maintain environmental thresholds for the Lake Tahoe Basin. Volume 2 includes:
Background on the process on criteria used to update the list.
The master list, by threshold, of capital projects, science projects, program needs and operations and maintenance needs (where information is available).
Appendices including the project codes, inclusion criteria and current and future prioritization schemes developed for each threshold.
As defined in the original EIP, this document describes the actions needed over a 20-year time frame to achieve thresholds. Eligibility requirements for inclusion into the EIP are found in Chapter 31 of TRPA's Code of Ordinances. In general, the project must directly relate to the respective threshold program and contribute to the attainment of that threshold. The intent of the EIP is to integrate objectives to improve the implementation success of all thresholds.
New and updated program and project descriptions were provided by local, state and federal agencies over many months. This update reflects much greater input by these agencies than the previous EIP list.
The update of the list focused on several improvements to the previous EIP list including:
Updating project costs from 1997 real dollars to 2000 real dollars. (Future real costs are addressed in Volume 3).
Assigning funding agency responsibilities to all or portions of the total project cost. It is important to note that most are potential funding sources rather than committed funding.
Including associated threshold indicators in the project descriptions and, where possible, identifying units of benefits.
Including, where applicable, project monitoring costs.
Developing corresponding maps for projects in GIS, which will be useful for prioritizing projects that have multiple threshold benefits.
Articulating specific research needs. In the past year, a Science Advisory Group (SAG) identified over $58 million in research needs and prioritied by threshold category.
Capturing a small fraction of the current operations and maintenance (O&M) costs.
Volume 3 - Finance Plan
The 1998 EIP document provided an allocation of EIP project implementation costs among federal, state, and local governments and the private sector. In 1999, TRPA hired a consultant to develop financial forecasts and a software package to facilitate revenue updating and project prioritization. The Finance Plan identifies potential federal, state, local, and private sources and levels of funding, which could be devoted to implementation of the EIP. One important point in both Volumes 2 and 3 is that better information concerning operations and maintenance (O&M) for water quality and transportation needed. Hence, one of the recommendations of Volume 3 is to "initiate an effort to identify annual operating and maintenance costs for specific EIP projects and recommend who should pay these ongoing costs."
Volume 4 - EIP Accomplishments Report
The EIP identifies over 700 projects and programs needed to meet the environmental thresholds. The EIP also identifies the many agencies and organizations at the federal, state and local levels responsible for funding EIP projects and programs. In order to show EIP accomplishments, the TRPA is working with stakeholders to develop an approach to track progress of both project completion and resource expenditures.
Over the long term, TRPA intends to use the accomplishments report to track measurable results in meeting threshold targets. This use entails linking project information to units of benefits and monitoring information. Since the capacity to make this linkage is still being developed, Volume 4 focuses on project completion, resource expenditures and some minimum measure of threshold impact.