Water Quality and Erosion Control Grant Program

The Water Quality and Erosion Control Grant Program provides funding for the implementation of Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) projects to restore and enhance the Lake Tahoe ecosystem on the Nevada side of the basin. The Fund to Protect Lake Tahoe was established in Chapter 514, Statutes of NV 1999 and authorized $56.4 million through the sale of general obligation bonds for environmental projects that protect the Lake Tahoe Basin. In 2009, the Nevada legislature extended the commitment to the EIP and authorized an additional $100 million over the subsequent 10 years. Proposed projects are evaluated by their benefit to the general public and whether the project will treat stormwater runoff that impacts surface water bodies or Lake Tahoe.

Past and ongoing projects partially funded through the Water Quality and Erosion Control grant program are:

  • Sand Harbor Asian Clam Control – Project to control the spread of invasive Asian clams and avoid adverse environmental and recreational impacts through the installation of bottom benthic barriers within Sand Harbor. (Completed in 2020) https://www.trpa.org/programs/invasive-species/

  • Rosewood Creek Restoration – Project to restore stream channel along creek, create rock pools for fish passage and habitat, improve riparian plant life, and install two stormwater basins to reduce the flow of fine sediment particles to Lake Tahoe. (Completed in 2020) https://ntcd.org/rosewood-creek/

  • Lower Wood Creek – Project will improve Incline Village stormwater infrastructure and enhance water quality conveyance to Lake Tahoe, by improving road shoulders, drainage, and culverts along Lower Wood Creek. (Ongoing) https://www.washoecounty.us/csd/index.php

  • Pittman Terrace – Partnering with the Pittman Terrace community, project installed stormwater treatment infrastructure to address Highway 50 runoff, and stabilized eroding conveyance ditches. (Completed in 2019) https://ntcd.org/pittman-terrace/

    Stormwater infrastructure improvements in the Pittman Terrace community.


  • US 50 Water Quality and Sediment/Erosion Control – Improvement of water quality by reducing and refining stormwater runoff on HWY 50. Project also improved road safety by creating more traversable shoulders and improved pavement drainage by reducing the frequency and duration of overrun-events inundating roads and creating hazards. (Completed in 2018) https://www.nevadadot.com/

    Infiltrating blocks used to capture and refine stormwater runoff along Highway 50.


  • Kahle Water Quality Improvement – Project improved stormwater runoff treatment in the Kahle Basin by increasing basin treatment capacity and effectiveness, and improved stormwater conveyance capacity along Kahle Drive by replacing the existing, undersized conveyance pipe. (Completed in 2019) https://ntcd.org/kahle-basin/

    Construction of expanded stormwater infiltration basin on Kahle Drive, Stateline, Nevada.


Grant Information:

The Nevada Division of State Lands (NDSL) is not accepting Water Quality and Erosion Control grant applications at this time. Please contact Chris LaCasse at chris.lacasse@lands.nv.gov for further information.