SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - Inspectors have prevented a boat
with more than 40 adult nonnative zebra mussels from entering Lake
Tahoe Resource Conservation District officials say the invasive species was discovered around the boat's engines on April 18 at the Meyers roadside inspection station near Tahoe's south shore.
District spokesman Pete Brumis told Truckee's Sierra Sun that the mussels were found during a training session for about 40 inspectors who begin work Monday for the 2012 boating season at Tahoe.
He says a number of pre-arranged boats passed through to be inspected, and it was a "complete coincidence" that one happened
to be infested with mussels.
Boat inspections began at Tahoe in 2008 to prevent the spread of invasive species such as quagga and zebra mussels to its pure blue