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Boat inspections to move back to launch ramps for fall, winter

Tribune staff report

Boat inspections and decontaminations at Northstar and Homewood boat inspection stations will end Thursday, Sept. 20, but will be continue to take place at Alpine, Spooner and Meyers stations until Sept. 30.

Inspections will move to launch ramps and winter hours will begin Oct. 1. Tahoe Regional Conservation District inspectors will be stationed at Cave Rock and Lake Forest boat launches from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day, weather permitting. Boats with attached Lake Tahoe wire inspection seals and valid Tahoe inspection stickers will be permitted to launch during these times, but any new inspections are required to take place during daylight hours, according to TRCD. Hot water decontaminations will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October for watercraft that are not clean, drained and dry. Additional fees may apply for the decontamination process. Boats with intact inspection seals will still be permitted to launch at Sand Harbor, Obexer’s and Tahoe Keys Marina, but no inspections or decontaminations will take place at these locations.

“It is more efficient to move inspections back to the boat ramps with the decrease in boater traffic during the slower fall and winter months,” said Ted Thayer, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Manager at TRPA, “but we expect to continue operations at roadside inspection locations for the 2013 summer boating season. We appreciate the continued cooperation from Lake Tahoe boaters in helping to protect our amazing recreational resources from the growing threat of aquatic invasive species.”

Inspection and boat ramp hours are weather permitting, and may be delayed or closed during winter storm conditions. Boaters are encouraged to arrive clean, drained and dry and to confirm hours and inspection locations at or by calling the Tahoe Boat Inspection Hotline at 888-824-6267. Private launch facilities should be contacted directly for winter hours and weather closures.

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