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Boat inspection fees considered at Lake Tahoe

Associated Press

RENO, Nev. (AP) ” Lake Tahoe environmental regulators are considering a number of options, including boat inspection fees, to fund efforts to keep invasive mussels out of the scenic lake.

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency says it will cost about $650,000 annually to inspect boats that are launched in Tahoe’s waters.

Boat inspections were implemented last summer to try to prevent Quagga and zebra mussels from becoming established in Lake Tahoe.

The program last year was funded by temporary grants.

The mussels have spread to other bodies of water in Nevada and California. Officials say they attach to boats and are transported to other lakes.

Once they become established, scientists say there is no way to get rid of them and they seriously alter the aquatic ecosystem.