Beginning Nov. 1 the only place to launch boats at Lake Tahoe will be at facilities where qualified aquatic invasive species inspectors are present.
Inspectors can require vessels be decontaminated if they are deemed a risk of introducing invasive species such as the quagga or zebra mussel. Mollusks have invaded lakes across the country, causing serious environmental and economic consequences. They are carried on watercraft that is not adequately cleaned, drained and dried.
The rules were unanimously approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board in September. The goal is to inspect every boat that enters lakes in the basin, which includes Fallen Leaf Lake. Even canoes are being hosed off.
For information, call Dennis Oliver at (775) 589-5235, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.