Lake Tahoe Invasive Watercraft Inspection Agencies recently donated a mobile boat decontamination unit to a nearby Lake Sonoma program to help stop the spread of invasive species, the regional planning agency said. from Tahoe.
Donated equipment allows inspectors to apply 140 degree water to boats, trailers, engines and storage areas to kill any living invasive plant or animal without damaging the equipment. The Tahoe program no longer required the mobile unit as they now have permanent equipment at several inspection stations.
The Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, managed by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, is one of the country’s leading programs and seen as a collaborative conservation model for other prevention programs. . Invasive species threaten to wreak havoc on Lake Tahoe’s ecosystem, economy and recreation. Boaters and paddlers help protect Lake Tahoe and other waters by always keeping their watercraft clean, drained and dry.
“We are seeing more and more boats coming from nearby water bodies that have been infested with invasive plants and animals,” said Thomas Boos, who heads the inspection program at the regional planning agency of Tahoe. “We’re always happy to help our fellow AIS programs across the state, which in turn can help protect Lake Tahoe.”
Since the program’s inception in 2008, inspectors have carefully checked every boat launched in the Lake Tahoe area and decontaminated thousands. During this period, no new aquatic invasive species were detected, although they were present in many nearby water bodies.
“When Tahoe got the word out to see if anyone wanted them, we jumped at the chance,” said Brad Sherwood, deputy general manager of the Sonoma County Water Agency. “Our reservoir provides water to 600,000 people and the introduction of invasive mussels could destroy our infrastructure, cost millions of dollars per year and impact our landscapes.”
The unit will help Lake Sonoma decontaminate boats harboring invasive species before launch, similar to the process at Lake Tahoe.
Boaters can follow the Lake Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Program on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@TahoeBoating) or online at http://www.tahoeboatinspections.com.
Source: Tahoe Regional Planning Agency