Tahoe boaters to face fee for boat inspections
April 6, 2009
STATELINE, Nev.” Boaters at Lake Tahoe will pay a fee beginning June 1 to have their vessels inspected for invasive mussels before launching.
Authorized by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board in late March, the fees will fund the inspection program and replace temporary grants. Keeping the program going is estimated at $650,000 annually.
The goal is to try to keep nonnative quagga and zebra mussels that attach to a boat’s hull in other waters from becoming established and possibly ruining Tahoe’s delicate ecosystem.
Inspection fees will range from $10 to $60, depending on the size of the boat. Most boaters will pay $30. When boats exit the lake, a seal will be fixed between the boat and trailer. If the seal is intact when the boat launches again, no new inspection will be needed.