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Tahoe boat inspection stations open for summer

Staff report

A Tahoe Resource Conservation District employee inspects a Tahoe boat.

Roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft launching into Lake Tahoe opened Thursday for the 2014 boating season.

Locations, hours of operation and opening dates are as follows:

Opening Thursday, May 1: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., 7 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

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Opening Thursday, May 22: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday; closed Monday-Wednesday

Northstar: Highway 267, at Northstar Drive south of Truckee

The Homewood inspection station is closed this season.

"Boat inspections are critical to maintaining the health of Lake Tahoe and our local recreation-based economy," said Dennis Zabaglo, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's AIS Program Coordinator, in a statement. "Through the efforts of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District's well-trained inspectors and other private and public partners committed to the Lake, we expect to have another successful season."

All motorized boats and watercraft require inspection for aquatic invasive species prior to launching into Lake Tahoe. According to a news release from TRCD, invasive species, such as quagga mussels, New Zealand mudsnails or hydrilla, are known to multiply quickly and colonize underwater surfaces, including docks and piers, water supply and filtration systems, buoys, moored boats and even the beautiful rocky shoreline.

Fees remain unchanged from 2013. The "Tahoe In & Out" sticker ranges from $35 for personal watercraft and vessels under 17 feet and up to $121 for vessels over 39 feet. The "Tahoe Only" sticker fee is $30. An additional fee of $35 is being charged for any boat requiring decontamination.

More information on aquatic invasive species prevention, control and early detection will be presented at a public forum at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 22. Event details can be found by visiting TahoeBoatInspections.com.