Lake Tahoe will enter the next phase of watercraft inspections on Friday, June 26, for the prevention of aquatic invasive species and opening for all boats by appointment, agencies announced today.
Until July 1, inspections will be offered by appointment only to ensure greater efficiency and safety at regional inspection locations.
For the holiday week, July 1-5, inspections will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis at any regional inspection location. The reservation system will resume on July 6.
The online appointment system is available now at http://www.tahoeboatinspections.com/. Boaters are reminded that because of safety protocols, inspections are likely to take longer than normal, and delays are likely. To ensure faster service during the inspection, boats should be Clean, Drained, and Dry. In keeping with California and Nevada mandates on public mask-wearing during high-contact activities, face coverings are mandatory while outside of a vehicle during the inspection process.
“Lake Tahoe’s aquatic invasive species program is critical to protect the very reason that people love to recreate on Lake Tahoe,” TRPA Executive Director Joanne Marchetta said in a press release. “It’s paramount that watercraft inspectors and boaters remain safe during the inspections and we appreciate the boating community’s cooperation during these unprecedented times.”
Invasive species can have devastating environmental and economic impacts on industries, communities, and native species populations.
Watercraft are the largest source for spreading aquatic invasive species into new waterways. Under Lake Tahoe’s watercraft inspection program, every motorized watercraft is inspected to ensure it is Clean, Drained, and Dry and not carrying AIS before launching. Thanks to the diligence of boaters and inspectors, no new aquatic invasive species have been detected in Lake Tahoe in the 12 years of the program’s history.