Image: Natural buffers separate a stormwater infiltration pond and manicured links at Edgewood golf course in Stateline, Nev. The 2016 Best in Basin winner filters stormwater from a public highway while also protecting the pond from fertilizers. 

31st annual awards program recognizes environmental achievements that protect Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, Calif./Nev. – The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is calling for nominations for projects that display outstanding environmental design for the 31st Best in Basin awards, the agency announced today. Projects must have been completed in 2022 or 2023. Nominations are due by May 17 at 5:00 p.m. Use this Nomination Form to submit an outstanding project.

TRPA’s annual Best in Basin awards program showcases projects and programs around the lake that demonstrate exceptional planning, implementation, and compatibility with Tahoe’s natural environment and communities. The categories are:

  • Water Quality and Watershed Restoration
  • Climate Resilience and Sustainability
  • Affordable Housing and Community Revitalization
  • Transportation and Sustainable Recreation
  • Forest Health and Defensible Space
  • Science and Innovation

For more than three decades, Best in Basin awards have recognized property owners, contractors, architects, and planners in both the public and private sectors whose work and investment stand out as excellent examples of environmental design in the Tahoe Basin.

Only projects completed between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023 are eligible. Winners will be selected by a panel of local professionals in the fields of architecture, landscaping, planning, engineering, or resource management. For the nomination form and information about past winners, visit the Best in the Basin webpage.


The Burke Creek Phase 1 stream restoration project near Stateline, Nev. freed 200 feet of the creek from an underground culvert. *2016 Best in Basin Award
Image credit: Nevada Tahoe Conservation District


Image: Native and adaptive plants surround a renovated historic residence on the West Shore. *2019 Best in Basin Award
Image credit: John and Heather Mozart


The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency leads the cooperative effort to preserve, restore, and enhance the unique natural and human environment of the Lake Tahoe Region, while improving local communities, and people’s interactions with our irreplaceable environment. For additional information, contact Jeff Cowen, Public Information Officer, at (775) 589-5278 or