Installing BMPs can be both time consuming and expensive, often requiring the use of a professional engineer or architect. To create a more cost-effective approach, we helped the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) develop a website that allows Lake Tahoe homeowners to easily design stormwater best management practices that can be installed on their property.
The free website, called BMP Designer, leads users through a step-by-step process of building the BMP site design. Property owners enter basic property information and general site conditions. Then, in an aerial view on the website, users can outline the property’s rooftops, driveways, decks, and other areas that can potentially drain stormwater too quickly. After the BMP Designer provides a selection of BMPs for each area, including average costs for installation and maintenance, the property owner then selects the BMPs and submits the preferred site design to TRPA for review. Once TRPA approves the site design, the property owner can install the chosen BMPs, request a site inspection through the tool, and complete the BMP certification process.
Atkins used its expertise in developing step-by-step tools, called “wizards”, to help users understand complex regulatory, permitting, design, and decision-making processes as they relate to future-proofing in a cost effective manner. The BMP Designer makes the process of correctly planning and installing BMPs a much simpler and cost effective one for Lake Tahoe area residents.
Atkins continues to advise TRPA on concepts that expand the tool set to accommodate additional future proofing requirements to further the benefits already realized.