Related Plans & Projects

The need to embrace sustainability in all planning and implementation activities in the Lake Tahoe Region and beyond has been recognized in a number of ways. For example, the Department of Interior Bureau of Reclamation has initiated the Truckee River Basin Study that will include adaptive strategies to respond to climate change and other uncertainties. At the state level, California has adopted the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008 requiring greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for passenger vehicles for 2020 and 2035 for each region covered by a metropolitan planning organization (MPO). At the regional level, the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative, formed by SGC grant funding, acts as a forum for a range of interest groups to collaboratively address economic, environmental and community issues as a means to create more livable communities, adapt to climate change, reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions and revitalize the economy. More information on the collaborative can be found here.











Bureau of Reclamation Truckee Basin Study

Launched as part of the Bureau of Reclamation’s Basin Study Program, the Truckee Basin Study is a shared effort between the Bureau of Reclamation, Placer County Water Agency, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Truckee Meadows Water Authority and Truckee River Flood Management Authority. Covering the entire Truckee River Basin, the study will particularly focus on the impacts of population growth and global warming on water storage, supply and demand in order to recommend adaptation strategies to better preserve this invaluable resource. It is envisioned that the Basin Study will accomplish the following objectives and outcomes:

  • Develop comprehensive assessments of current water supplies and demands which are supported by the Basin Study partners
  • Employing a “best-science” approach, represent multiple scenarios for future supplies and demands which are influenced by potential future climate conditions
  •  Identify risks and/or impacts of climate change to water supplies and demands
  • Where climate change impacts are identified, prioritize identified mitigation strategies and options and develop recommendations for potential future actions
  • Achieve broad participation in the Basin Study and identify sets of climate change scenarios to consider for the Truckee Basin within the context of addressing water supply and demand risks, reliability, and other resource issues

For more information about this program, please click here to visit the Bureau of Reclamation website or here to a view the Truckee Basin Study  fact sheet.

Tahoe-Truckee Regional Plug-in Electric Vehicle Readiness Project

Electric vehicle readiness is on its way to the Tahoe-Truckee Region. TRPA, the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District, a consultant team, and a newly initiated Plug-in Electric Vehicle Coordinating Council have partnered to accelerate transportation electrification in the Tahoe-Truckee Region. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) have the potential to dramatically reduce petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions, and increase energy independence.


  • Increase PEV access in the Northern and Eastern Sierra.
  • Establish the Tahoe-Truckee Region as a PEV destination, gateway, and corridor.
  • Create a comprehensive plan to increase local PEV adoption and deploy charging infrastructure.
  • Proactively engage local and regional planning agencies and the community.

Click here to view project fact sheet

Tahoe-Truckee PEV-Readiness Assessment Report (Final 9-12-16)