TRPA Approves Rules to Guard Against Mussels

STATELINE, Nev. (AP) - Lake Tahoe regulators have approved new rules requiring the closure of boat ramps when inspectors aren't on
duty to check for invasive mussels.

The emergency action by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's governing board comes amid fears that quagga and zebra mussels,
which attach to boats in other waters, could become established in
Lake Tahoe and seriously damage its ecosystem.

The new rules that take effect Nov. 1 also will require any boats an inspector feels may be infected to be decontaminated before launching, and provide civil penalties for blatant violations.

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