Donner Lake Boaters Again Face Inspections

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) - Boaters at Donner Lake in the Sierra will again face mandatory watercraft inspections this year.

The Truckee Town Council unanimously voted this week to reinstate a program designed to keep invasive species out of the Sierra lake.

Under the action, all motorized watercraft entering Truckee water bodies must be inspected and receive a passing sticker before launch.

The Sierra Sun of Truckee reports boat owners must pay fees under the program likely starting late May.

Vessels that fail inspection will not be allowed to launch unless they are decontaminated or submitted to quarantine.

Similar boat inspections began at nearby Lake Tahoe in 2008 to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species such as quagga and zebra mussels.

The two mussels can overwhelm a lake's natural ecosystem and cause blooms of noxious algae that reduce water clarity.

The Truckee Town Council unanimously voted this week to reinstate a program designed to keep invasive species out of the Sierra lake.

Under the action, all motorized watercraft entering Truckee water bodies must be inspected and receive a passing sticker before launch.

The Sierra Sun of Truckee reports (http://bit.ly/1ae9Qqo ) boat owners must pay fees under the program likely starting late May.

Vessels that fail inspection will not be allowed to launch unless they are decontaminated or submitted to quarantine.

Similar boat inspections began at nearby Lake Tahoe in 2008 to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species such as quagga and zebra mussels.

The two mussels can overwhelm a lake's natural ecosystem and cause blooms of noxious algae that reduce water clarity.


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