Who We Are Mission: Friends of the West Shore works toward the preservation, protection and conservation of the West Shore, our watershed, wildlife and rural quality of life, for today and future generations.
Learn More about Friends of the West Shore (FOWS).
Preserve. Protect. Conserve.
What We Do
FOWS is dedicated to preserving residents’ quality of life and the cultural atmosphere of the West Shore.
Our Board members and active volunteers work tirelessly to protect and conserve the West Shore’s environment through scientific, legal, educational, and regulatory means.
We support appropriate redevelopment consistent with the character and scale of our communities.
We are your eyes, ears, and voice at local, state, federal and Tahoe Regional Planning Agency meetings.
We will inform you of environmental concerns and upcoming events through our e-Alerts, Newsletters and website.
TRPA Regional Plan and What it means to you.
December 2012 Approved Regional Plan: The new TRPA Regional Plan (RP), places most planning decisions back into the hands of local government – a situation that previously resulted in major expansion of development in the Basin and allows taller buildings, more pavement, increase density and encourages aggressive growth. To learn more about the Regional Plan and the fight to achieve and maintain all of Lake Tahoe’s environmental standards, including the Lake’s clarity, Click here
Homewood Mountain Resort Expansion
Major Expansion Approved for HMR; FOWS fights for a smaller project FOWS has long proposed a smaller project for Homewood Community, a small rural area. The approvals by TRPA and Placer County permitted the Homewood Mountain Resort to expand from approximately 25,000 Sq. Ft. to over 1.5 million Sq. Ft. and to add 325 new residential and tourist accommodations units to the Homewood community on Lake Tahoe’s west shore. Instead of being guided by a local community plan to ensure that additional development is consistent with local needs and objectives, TRPA and Placer County focused on the developer’s project objectives. FOWS and the Sierra Club, represented by Earthjustice attorneys filed a Lawsuit against the over-sized project. In 2013, a Federal Court Judge ruled that the project’s Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/EIS) did not properly analyze the financial feasibility of building a smaller project and a revised EIR/EIS must be recirculated to provide more adequate economic information.
Head for the mountains for beauty, peace and health
We have a new program for those of you who’d like to enjoy colorful wildflower walks, take in the scenery of unmatched vistas, or stroll along the shoreline to simply enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe. Children are welcome, and can earn a bear “Patch” as a West Shore Rambler. FOWS Board Members and volunteers will be your guides along beautiful West Shore trails. To find the schedule, register, or simply learn more, Click here.
West Shore Pipe Keepers Program
Science from West Shore Volunteers helping to preserve Lake Tahoe!
Literally, hundreds of known and unknown outflow storm drain pipes along the shore of Lake Tahoe allow fine sediment and other pollutants to flow into the lake unfiltered contributing to the loss of our lake’s clarity. We are working with local community members, in concert with the League to Save Lake Tahoe, to monitor these pipes. Volunteers from the West Shore, including members of the FOWS Board, continue to collect water samples from four pipes along the West Shore.
Residents, Homeowner Associations and Interested Groups
We ask for your invitation to attend your event and discuss how we can work together to preserve the quality of life along the West Shore, for today and future generations. We would greatly appreciate hearing from residents, local homeowner associations, and concerned Lake Tahoe groups. We rely on you as members of our West Shore communities to develop our initiatives and future efforts. We look forward to the opportunity to share what these new TRPA and Area Plans mean, how they threaten our quality of life and environment, and the character of our communities. We hope to hear from you soon.
Using a S.H.A.R.E.S card when you shop at your local Save-Mart is an easy, no cost way to support the protection and preservation of the West Shore by supporting FOWS. Contact us to learn more about the S.H.A.R.E.S card
Please help make your West Shore community voices heard. Take this short survey about the Regional Plan Update, and tell the TRPA how you feel.
We appreciate your support and passion to Keep the West Shore the Best Shore!