Since 1997, with the execution of various agreements between the State of California and the State of Nevada, the Federal Government, and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), the California Tahoe Conservancy’s program activities have been undertaken in support of the Environmental Improvement Program (EIP) for the Lake Tahoe Basin. The EIP represents a collaborative capital improvement approach toward meeting environmental and public access goals at Lake Tahoe, involving State, Federal and local government and the private sector. The State`s support of the EIP involves, in large part, continued funding for the planning and implementation of capital improvement projects consistent with the EIP adopted by TRPA.
Funding can be used for acquisition and improvement of land (directly by the Tahoe Conservancy or through grants) for the purposes of preserving and restoring the natural environment (especially water quality), providing public access and recreation opportunities, and preserving wildlife habitat. The Conservancy implements several programs which support the EIP, whose program guidelines have been developed and vetted through a public process resulting in adoption by the Conservancy Board.