Water Conservation: What is Your Role?

Water Conservation: What is Your Role? – As you are aware California is experiencing a severe drought.  Governor Brown signed into effect emergency drought regulations this spring with subsequent updates and more rigid prescriptive restrictions effective June 1.  Truckee Donner Public Utility District, as Tahoe Donner’s water supplier, has put into effect their water conservation regulations and program.  Their target for water conservation, as set by the state, equates to a total 28% reduction in usage on 2013 water usage.  TDPUD’s regulations and programs apply to private residence and commercial operations such as Tahoe Donner. See Frequently Asked Questions.

Tahoe Donner and its staff, that’s you and your employees, need to take a proactive approach in water conservation efforts to assist in achieving water conservation targets.

For Tahoe Donner to reach a 28% water usage reduction target, operations will need to reduce use by approximately 10 million gallons of water for the year.  To aim for this, the company needs you and your staff to help reduce water waste and usage through a multitude of behavioral changes, as well as capital improvements.

To address for improved reduction in percentage of water use/waste, this is what is planned:

1.    Golf Course –The golf course will be completing capital projects with regards to irrigation heads for greater efficiency and efficacy.  Additional coordination on turf treatment will be applied, e.g. time of watering on Tuesdays and Fridays, etc.

2.    Trout Creek – A capital project will be proposed to replace all shower dials with push button reducing length of showers, removal of outdoor shower, long-term = reduce/remove grass in playground area.

3.    F&B – F&B Management to review kitchen prep practices, reduce running water during prep.  Dishwasher full wash only.  Water is only served when requested (new CA law!)

4.    Marina – A capital project will be proposed to replace all shower dials with push button reducing length of showers, f&b management review of kitchen prep practices, reduce running water during prep.  Dishwasher full wash only. Water is only served when requested (new CA law!)

5.    Campground – A capital project will be proposed to replace all shower dials with push button reducing length of showers. Wash machine; review and possibly replace with high water efficient machine if needed

6.    Association wide- Spicket head replacement in public areas to trigger dial.

7.    Landscape watering association wide on 2xper week watering as was practiced last summer; and replacement of sprinklers in beds to drip system.

8.    Leak detection – audit of all facets, hose bibs, etc. for drip/significant leaks = repair

Water conservation mindfulness is key to savings!

June 15, 2015

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Tahoe Donner Turns Smoke-Free for Fire Safety


Tahoe Donner Association is taking the lead on reducing fire danger this summer and fall through the implementation of a smoking ban on all Tahoe Donner-owned property. Tahoe Donner Association board of directors voted on Saturday, May 30, 2015, to prohibit smoking at all amenities, common areas, and other association-owned properties as a result of extreme fire danger effective June 1 through the end of the year. This ban includes such facilities as the golf course, parking lots, open space and trails.

Pursuant to authorities provided under the Tahoe Donner Association, Covenants Rule, II. General Common Area, Other Association Owned Property and Amenity Rules, “Smoking at outside amenities is limited to those areas where cigarette ash receptacles are provided. During periods of extreme fire danger, as designated by local, state or federal authorities, smoking may be prohibited at all outside amenities, on common areas, and on other association-owned properties.” The board initiated the smoking prohibition.

Fines for violation of the smoking rule start at $50 and may be assessed, per incident, on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis according to the nature and severity of the infraction and at the discretion of the Covenants Committee. Smoke-free does not apply to homeowners’ properties or e-cigarettes.

For those looking to quit smoking, please consider the following free programs:

  • Tahoe Forest Hospital Free Kick Nicotine Program held on Mondays. For more information or to register, contact Kirk Ditterich at 530.582.8207.
  • Tahoe WoRX Occupational Health office also has programs available. Contact them at 530.582.3277 or stop by for the smoking cessation program flyer. The WoRX office is located in the medical center building (10956 Donner Pass Rd, Ste 230), across the street from Tahoe Forest Hospital.
  • Visit smokefree.gov which is sponsored in part by Nevada County Health. This site will provide tools and programs available.

Remember, one less spark is one less wildfire. Thank you for your cooperation and fire prevention support. For questions or more information, please contact Director of Facilities and Risk, Annie Rosenfeld, at 530-582-9630 or by email at arosenfeld@TahoeDonner.com.

June 8, 2015

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Sewer System: Help Protect Our Environment


Next time you go to flush your toilet, wait and think. What goes down the drain has an impact on the sewer system and our local environment. Here are three simple things the Truckee Sanitary District (TSD) wants everyone to be aware of before they flush:

1. “Flushable” wipes clog pipes. The manufacturers of these convenience products want you to believe these wipes will decompose in the sewer. Unfortunately, they don’t. Flushable wipes clog pipes, pumps and cause sewer spills and backups into homes. If it’s not toilet paper, then throw it in the trash, not the toilet.

2. Keep your sewer FOG free. FOG or Fats, Oils, and Grease are often disposed of down the sink. Unfortunately, these products quickly harden and stick to the inside of the sewer system restricting flow. Never pour bacon grease or other fats and oils down the drain. Let them harden in the pan and scrape them into the garbage or pour them into a safe container and dispose of them in the garbage.

3. Prescription Drugs and Over-The-Counter Medications. These products contain chemicals that you don’t want entering the water supply. Even though our sewage is highly treated, many of these chemicals are not removed. The best way to dispose of drugs and medicine is to make them undesirable, such as crushing them and then mixing with coffee grounds or dirt before sealing them in a plastic bag and disposing in the trash. Another option is to take advantage of community drug take-back programs.

Every home in Tahoe Donner is connected to the public sewer system. Proper use of the sewer system keeps it operating smoothly, saves money, and protects the environment. For more information about the sewer system, go to TSD’s website at www.truckeesan.org.

May 22, 2015

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May 11, 2015

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Tahoe Donner Guinness World Record Update

Guinness World Record Attempt – May 20

UPDATE: Our world record attempt was met by 69 participants who helped plant 360 trees in Tahoe Donner. We, along with approximately 40 groups across the United Stated and Canada, successfully planted over 200,000 trees in one hour! Confirmation from Guinness World Records is expected in the coming weeks. See photos here.

Tahoe Donner Forestry partnered with the Sugar Pine Foundation to plant trees as a part of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative attempt to set a world record on May 20. Together with 40 groups across North America we planted an estimated 200,000 trees in one hour! Our group  planted western white pines at Tahoe Donner in the old Donner Ridge Fire scar.

Guinness World Record Attempt: Most trees planted in one hour, simultaneously, in different locations by a group of 25 to 100 people.

More information: Write Martin Rubio at martin@sugarpinefoundation.org. If you have any questions call Ben Gwerder with Tahoe Donner Forestry at 530-587-9432.

Western white pine seedling

About the organizers:

SFI Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization that is solely responsible for maintaining, overseeing and improving the internationally recognized Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI®) program. Across Canada and the United States, 250 million acres (100 million hectares) are certified to the SFI forest management standard, the largest single forest standard in the world.

The Sugar Pine Foundation, founded in 2005 is a grassroots effort to save sugar pines and western white pines, which were being devastated by the ‘blister rust fungus’.  This highly destructive fungus originated in Asia, and was accidentally introduced to Canada in the early 1900s.  This fungus has devastated forests in western Canada, Washington and Oregon as it has spread steadily southward.  It is now attacking California’s white pines: sugar pines, western white pines, whitebark pines, and foxtail pine forests have been infected and it threatens to infect limber and the famous bristlecone pine.

The Tahoe Donner Forestry Department is dedicated to maintaining the health of the forest within the Association’s 7,000 acres while minimizing the threat of forest fires. Forester Bill Houdyschell and his team are nationally regarded as leaders in their field and manage a variety of programs. The Forestry Department manages 477 acres of reforestation/fuel breaks, 618 acres of fuel reduction zones, 1,344 acres of common area and maintains approximately two thirds for fuel reduction.

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