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Lake Tahoe Boat Inspections Start

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The Tahoe Resource Conservation District has opened its boat inspection stations for Lake Tahoe and they are already seeing steady business.  For eight years now they have required mandatory boat inspections to keep invasive species of aquatic animals and plants out of  Lake Tahoe.

They see about 8,000 boats a year. "Typically we see actual muscle and plant attachments on boats 20-40 times a season. We clean those off and we also decontaminate high risk boats," says Nicole Cartwright with the TRCD.

The inspections cost between $30 and $120 per boat. But boat owners say they are worth it.

Dan Bowen is a boat owner out of Reno. "It took about an hour but if that can keep Lake Tahoe from becoming like Lake Mead, it's a minor inconvenience to me." he says.

Once you have gotten your sticker it's good for the entire season unless you take the boat our of Lake Tahoe and use it in another lake. Then it will have to be screened again before it can be launched again in Tahoe. The inspections are mandatory for all kinds of boats including kayaks and paddle boards. But it's working. "Since we started these we have stopped the spread of invasive species," Cartwright says.

The TRCD has opened stations at Alpine Meadows, Spooner Summit and Meyers. Those stations are open from 8:30-5:30 seven days a week. They'll be opening one at Northstar on May 22nd. And Donner Lake will be conducting its own inspections at Donner Lake this year as well.

Written by Erin Breen
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