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May Day: Lake Tahoe boat inspection stations to open Sunday

Staff report

Three of the four roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft into Lake Tahoe will open for the 2016 season this weekend.

The following stations open Sunday, May 1, and will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week:

Meyers: at the junction of US 50 and Highway 89.

Spooner Summit: at the junction of US 50 and Highway 28 in Nevada.

Alpine Meadows: Highway 89, off Alpine Meadows Road north of Tahoe City.

The fourth location, on Highway 267 off Truckee Airport Road near Truckee, will open May 19, and will be open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thursdays-Sundays only.

All motorized watercraft require inspection for aquatic invasive species —such as quagga mussels and New Zealand mudsnails — prior to launching into Lake Tahoe, Fallen Leaf Lake and Echo Lake, according to the Tahoe Resource Conservation District.

Knowingly transporting AIS into Lake Tahoe is against the law, and violators may be subject to monetary penalties.

Annual inspection fees remain unchanged from the past two years. The “Tahoe In & Out” sticker ranges from $35 for personal watercraft and vessels under 17 feet up to $121 for vessels longer than 39 feet.

The “Tahoe Only” sticker fee is $30. An additional fee of $35 is charged for any boat requiring decontamination and an additional $10 fee for the decontamination of ballast tanks or bags.

Like last spring, the TRCD’s Spring Public Forum on aquatic invasive species prevention, control and early detection will take place this year at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village from 5-7 p.m. June 14.

Visit TahoeBoatInspections.com to learn more.