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Tahoe Boat Inspections Pick Up for Memorial Day Weekend

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With Memorial Day weekend upon us, you might see a lot more boats on the lake. But before you put your boat in Lake Tahoe, you will have to have it inspected first.

"We're out here to protect Lake Tahoe from aquatic invasive species," Jonelle Bright, of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District said. "It's really important that we inspect boats prior to launching into the lake to make sure that they're clean, drained, and dry."

Species like Quagga Mussels and New Zealand Mud Snails have already turned up in other Nevada bodies of water.

Bob Edie is a Zephyr Cove resident who got his boat decontaminated, as a precaution.

"It was in a lake that was contaminated," Edie said. "So, even though the boat was dry, they gave a courtesy decontamination, just to make sure."

To make sure the boat is safe, crews flush it with 140-degree water, which kills any potential threat.

All motorized watercraft need to be inspected.

Fees range between $35 and $121, depending on your boat's length.

"I wasn't crazy about the fee or any of this at the beginning of this whole process, certainly," Duncan Davis, Carnelian Bay resident said. "But I think most of the people that own the boats that operate on Lake Tahoe are willing to pay the fee because we all enjoy the lake because it's special."

"Maybe it takes you a half-hour or an hour, but it's worth it to save the lake," Edie said.

The inspection is good for the whole summer, but if the boat is taken somewhere else, it needs to be checked out again before returning to Tahoe.

Inspections are voluntary for non-motorized watercraft like kayaks.

Five stations are set up at around the lake at Spooner Summit, Meyers, Homewood, Alpine Meadows, and Northstar.

Traffic is expected to pick up this weekend.

"It looks like the weather's cooperating," Bright said. "I would anticipate it being a busy weekend up here for Memorial Day for boating."

Donner Lake, Prosser Reservoir, Boca Reservoir, and Stampede Reservoir are also giving voluntary inspections. In Nevada, Lahontan, Rye Patch, and Wildhorse Reservoirs are giving free inspections.

Written by Paul Nelson
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