Homewood receives environmental honor

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Updated: 5/09/2013 10:27 am
HOMEWOOD, Calif. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Homewood Mountain Resort in Northern Lake Tahoe has been awarded the Golden Eagle Award for environmental stewardship by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA).

The annual award is NSAA’s highest environmental honor and recognizes exemplary environmental performance in the ski resort industry, ranking Homewood among an exclusive group of environmentally responsible and forward-thinking resorts.

Homewood was recognized for its commitment to innovative watershed management and the water-quality monitoring work performed resort-wide over several years. Since 2006, Homewood and parent company JMA Ventures, LLC, have been committed to reducing sediment runoff from the Homewood watershed with highly successful results.

Homewood partnered with local company Integrated Environmental Restoration Services, Inc. (IERS) to develop a watershed improvement plan focused on identifying key erosion sources throughout the watershed, prioritizing on-mountain restoration efforts and directly measuring sediment reductions.

The project has resulted in the removal and restoration of nearly 300,000 square feet (nearly 4 miles) of unpaved on-mountain roads. In addition, through the development of a new, peer-reviewed stream monitoring method developed by the project team for small alpine watersheds, a watershed-scale sediment reduction of 41 percent was measured between 2010 and 2011. The results earned Homewood a “Best in the Basin” award from the Tahoe Regional Planning
Agency.

The tools and methods developed at Homewood have been incorporated into a 300-page Watershed Management Guidebook that was recently published by project partner Integrated Environmental Restorative Services (IERS).

More information regarding the Golden Eagle Award and on future plans at Homewood can be found at SkiHomewood.com.

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