EIP Overview

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 Focus Areas:

1.  WatershedsLake Tahoe EIP logo, Water Quality, and Habitat

2.  Forest Management

3.  Air Quality & Transportation

4.  Recreation & Scenic Resources

5.  Applied Science

6.  Program Support


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 $1.8 billion of investment in the highest priority environmental improvement projects.

EIP Reports

EIP Restoration In Progress Update through 2018 (PDF) EIP Restoration in Progress Update Four-page Executive Summary (PDF) EIP Restoration in Progress Report: 1997-2007 (PDF) EIP Restoration in Progress: 1997-2007 Four-page Executive Summary (PDF)



Please use following when citing the EIP Reporting Tool:

Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA). Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program Project Tracker. Accessed [date retrieved].