Cover It Live recap: TRPA to discuss boating, Diamond Peak, Sandy Beach |

Cover It Live recap: TRPA to discuss boating, Diamond Peak, Sandy Beach

Matthew Renda
Sierra Sun

Sun File IllustrationThe Sandy Beach development s on the TRPA agenda today.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. and#8212; As summer looms, officials are looking at more ways to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into Lake Tahoe and reduce the impact of boating on the lake’s ecosystem.

A new series of regulations called the Blue Boating Program will be discussed during Wednesday’s Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board meeting Wednesday at The Chateau.

TRPA Spokesman Dennis Oliver said the program will serve a dual purpose and#8212; to protect natural resources in the lake while making the fee payment structure for boaters more efficient.

and#8220;Initially, the Blue Boating Program will focus on rolling out educational information for residents,and#8221; said Oliver. and#8220;We won’t focus on enforcement until the following year.and#8221;

Under the program, boat inspections will include restrictions such as ensuring motorized boats have proper exhaust systems, regulation sewage disposal and mufflers to reduce motor noise, as well as also as additional oversight measures to ensure invasive species like zebra and quagga mussels are not introduced into the fragile Lake Tahoe ecosystem.

Additionally, TRPA will take measures to streamline the boat inspection process by offering residents the chance to pay a one-time annual fee, rather than adhering to the pay-per-use structure currently in place.

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Wednesday’s meeting begins at 9 a.m.