• I would like to update the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) on upcoming Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Projects that will be taken place over the next several weeks.

    As part of the ongoing Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) has contracted several environmental consulting companies to conduct monitoring and sampling within the TKPOA Waterways.

  • Dear Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association member,

    Since our letter last week notifying you of the algae bloom detected in the west channel on August 15, 2017, both TKPOA and the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (LRWQCB) have conducted testing and have begun a plan of action to address the issue.

  • Landscape Management

    The Tahoe Keys Architectural Control Committee (ACC) encourages and permits private owner landscape design proposals that reduce water consumption and runoff. ACC also encourages use of water efficient native plants, while still protecting the outstanding visual and aesthetic qualities of the neighborhoods. TKPOA has designed several projects for turf-conversion on community landscapes. The association is currently working with the City of South Lake Tahoe on concepts to replace turf areas with native plantings and drip irrigation.

    image Residential paver driveway in the Tahoe Keys paver with shallow infiltration system or “rain garden” (picture courtesy TRPA).

    Encouraging “zero” phosphorus fertilizer use

    In the past the association has provided handouts to property owners that educate on environmentally friendly landscaping methods. Maintenance and ACC personnel require landscape contractors working on common areas to use zero phosphorous fertilizers. A big push currently being made is to eliminate the use of phosphorous on single-family property landscape. Single-family homeowners should contact their landscape contractor and instruct them to use only zero phosphorous fertilizer. If you buy and apply your own fertilizers, look for the ingredients list, which may look like this 15-15-10. The center number is the phosphorous content, which should be zero - “0”. Phosphorous can run-off the landscaping into the lagoons, where it promotes growth of algae and aquatic weeds.

    Requiring BMP (Best Management Practices) certification in City approved construction plans.

    The Architectural Control Committee reviews all construction plans. Part of the review entails checking for BMP certification sign-off by the City of South Lake Tahoe. BMPs are a list of acceptable designs (Best Management Practices) that eliminate runoff into the lake. The association supports single-family homeowners in the Tahoe Keys, who do not yet have BMP certificates, to get BMP certified.

    image Your plan needs to be approved by the city before submitting your application to the ACC.

    BMP Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Working with public agencies and neighboring communities.

    The association has been actively participating in several local and basin-wide coordinating committees and task groups. TKPOA has worked with TRPA and TRCD for the study and testing of control methods of aquatic invasive plants and fish. We are working with the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board on development of a WDR permit, and a process for permitting the use of synthetic bottom-barriers by individual property owners. TKPOA has retained the services of Sierra Ecosystem Associates to help chart the course on environmental documentation for an Integrated Management Plan for the Keys lagoons.

    Below you can also read about some of the programs that TKPOA members have taken part in:

    Eyes on The Lake

    Eyes on the Lake is a volunteer program in which water recreationists report information about locations of aquatic invasive species. Swimmers, boaters, snorklers, SCUBA divers and fishermen are all welcome to join the effort. Tahoe Keys homeowners volunteered and have hosted seminars by The League To Save Lake Tahoe.


    Tahoe Keys POA members getting their hands wet at an Eyes on the Lake seminar.



    Pipe Keepers is a volunteer-based pipe outflow monitoring program. The program examines pollution levels in water being released from storm drains throughout Tahoe's shoreline and its tributaries to see if it should be an area of heightened concern.



    Polar Bear Plunge Fundraiser

    The first Polar Bear Plunge was held in February 2013. This is a charity event sponsored by the TKPOA where all the proceeds goes to the Christmas Cheer Food Bank in South Lake Tahoe. We get together, dressed up or not, and take a plunge in the lake from the beach at the Tahoe Keys Pavilion. Coffe, Hot Choclate and Muffins is served. The Fire Department will be on hand in the water for safety. Snowman building contest for the kids and best dressed awards for the Plungers. The cost is $25 per person to take the Plunge. Anyone can sponsor themselves or someone else. We ask that all people who come to watch bring a Can of Food to donate to Christmas Cheer Food Bank.


    Communicating with TKPOA members

    The association uses a variety of media and human resources in its efforts to inform and educate members and their guests.

    • Pavilion office Front desk staff. Owners, guests and visitors of the Tahoe Keys may receive a wide variety of information from a “live” person at the pavilion front desk. These folks can help you with almost any question related to the Keys, or will find someone for you who can.
    • The TKPOA website is the official communication forum for property owners. Here are published the associations bylaws, CC&Rs, positions on various issues, meeting and event calendars, staff, committee and Board contact lists.
    • he Keys Breeze magazine is published bi-monthly and goes to every owner of record. Members may also view back issues of the magazine on this TKPOA website.
  • 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.

  • The Water Quality Committee and the Water Quality Staff have been proactive in the planning and preparation of our waterways since last year’s Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB).  Water quality sampling and monitoring has been ongoing for the duration of the season.  Unfortunately, the TKPOA is at the infancy stages of experiencing another algae bloom for this season in the West Channel, East Channel and Lake Tallac.  

  • The Water Quality Committee and the Water Quality (WQ) Staff have been proactive in the planning and preparation of our waterways since our 2017 Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB). This season, water quality sampling and monitoring has been ongoing since April. Unfortunately, the TKPOA is at the infancy stages of experiencing another algae bloom for this season in the West Channel, East Channel and Lake Tallac.  

  • Now that winter has arrived and the Tahoe Keys lagoons and waterways are covered with ice and snow, it is important to think about ice safety. TKPOA Security and South Lake Tahoe Fire and Rescue recommend you never venture out on our frozen lagoons and waterways, as they are extremely unsafe. Please keep in mind:

  • 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.

  • A screenshot of the current water level in Lake Tahoe.

  • 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.

  • The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) Water Company opened The Lake Tallac - Storm Water Diversion Gate partially open for about 15-20 minutes. On Sunday January 8th 2017 at approximately 1:30 PM, to allow Water to discharge into the West Lagoons of the TKPOA.

  • 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.


    (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


    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]

  • 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.

  • Watch Video to November 7th STPUD Public Meeting (Link:http://stpud.us/groundwater/)

    The above is a link to the STUPD website and on there you will find some information about Groundwater management in general and about the Groundwater Contamination in South Lake Tahoe,  as well as some video recordings from public meetings. 

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

    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 Department Consumer Confidence Report for year 2018

    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, 2018. Type of water source(s) in use: Groundwater, Three wells pumping from aquifers, and Purchased water from South Tahoe Public Utility District

  • We have had recent complaints about a taste and odor coming from our drinking water in the Tahoe Keys. I would like to start by assuring all of the home owners that our drinking Water is safe to drink and within all California madated drinking water requirements.