The Lake Clarity Crediting Program (LCCP) was formally adopted in 2011 as a way to reduce pollutant loading into Lake Tahoe via a regional compliance program that enabled credit distribution across jurisdictional boundaries. The LCCP is tied to the stormwater permit mechanisms in California and Nevada and awards pollutant load reduction credits toward targets that each city, county, and highway maintenance agency must meet. The LCCP has been successful surpassing the 2016 target of 10% sediment load reduction and continues to generate further load reductions in sediment and nutrients through additional transactions. Looking forward, the program is on pace to meet future targets (including a 21% sediment reduction) by the end of the next permit term in 2021.
Regulators recently released the 2019 TMDL Performance Report that outlines program accomplishments including surpassing credit targets and a sediment load reduction of almost 440,000 pounds annually. The report is accompanied by the 2020 TMDL Annual Strategy outlining annual objectives for the coming year and the 2019 Decision Record Memo that summarizes updates made to the program last year. To help inform program managers aiming to meet these targets, the Lake Clarity Tracker serves as a valuable resource and information center. The front page of the Tracker shows 38 recent transactions in which permittees have earned hundreds of credits since the start of 2019.