Roadside stations for inspections and decontaminations of motorized boats and watercraft are officially opening for the 2014 boating season.
Locations, hours of operation and opening dates are as follows:
Opening Thursday, May 1: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., 7 days a week
Meyers: at the junction of US 50 and Highway 89
Spooner Summit: at the junction of US 50 and Highway 28 in Nevada
Alpine Meadows: Highway 89, off Alpine Meadows Road north of Tahoe City
Opening Thursday, May 22: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Thursday-Sunday; closed Monday-Wednesday
Northstar: Highway 267, at Northstar Drive south of Truckee
The Homewood inspection station is closed this season.
“Boat inspections are critical to maintaining the health of Lake Tahoe and our local recreation-based economy,” said Dennis Zabaglo, TRPA’s AIS Program Coordinator. “Through the efforts of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District’s well-trained inspectors and other private and public partners committed to the Lake, we expect to have another successful season.”
All motorized boats and watercraft require inspection for aquatic invasive species prior to launching into Lake Tahoe. Invasive species, such as Quagga mussels, New Zealand mudsnails or hydrilla, are known to multiply quickly and colonize underwater surfaces, including docks and piers, water supply and filtration systems, buoys, moored boats and even the beautiful rocky shoreline. They destroy fish habitat, ruin boat engines, and can negatively impact water quality and the local economy, recreation and ecosystem. Knowingly transporting invasive species into Lake Tahoe is against the law, and violators may be subject to monetary penalties.
“Boaters are encouraged to clean, drain and dry their boats prior to arriving at inspection stations in order to save time and money,” said Nicole Cartwright, Watercraft Inspection Program Administrator for the Tahoe RCD. “Make sure to drain and dry all water, even water from your garden hose used to flush. Taking these three simple steps will get you on the water faster.”
Annual watercraft inspection fees remain unchanged from 2013. The “Tahoe In & Out” sticker ranges from $35 for personal watercraft and vessels under 17 feet and up to $121 for vessels over 39 feet. The “Tahoe Only” sticker fee is $30. An additional fee of $35 is being charged for any boat requiring decontamination and an additional $10 fee for the decontamination of ballast tanks or bags.
For more information on aquatic invasive species prevention, control and early detection will be presented at the Spring Public Forum. The event is located this year at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center located in Incline Village. The event will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 22. Event details can be found by visiting TahoeBoatInspections.com or call (888) 824-6267 for updates, details and information.