Letter (John Mullady): ‘Tahoe Keys should be listed as a toxic waste site’ | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letter (John Mullady): ‘Tahoe Keys should be listed as a toxic waste site’

My wife and I have been coming to Tahoe for over 15 years. We are now full-time residents of South Lake Tahoe. We’ve launched our boat in the past at Cave Rock, but this summer it was closed. We decided to launch our boat at Tahoe Keys for the day.

When we pulled our boat out, I noticed that a nearby dock was just choked with weeds. It looked so thick, I thought you could just about walk on it! When I got our boat up on flat ground, I saw that there were weeds hanging all over the trailer. When I got the boat home, I noticed that there was a brown line around the boat at the water line, and a brown sheen below that.

I tried to hose it off but it wouldn’t come off. I had to get a scrub brush and scrub off the entire bottom of the boat! I can only assume that the brown film and line were residue from oil and gas in the toxic waters of Tahoe Keys. I won’t ever launch our boat there again.

I do realize that motor boating does leave some pollution behind, but out in the greater lake it gets dissipated (I hope) fairly rapidly in the tremendous volume of Lake Tahoe. Tahoe Keys should be listed as a toxic waste site.

As Gene Robinson said in Wednesday’s paper (Oct. 12), billions are being spent to keep Tahoe as pristine as possible, yet there is a toxic lesion festering at the south end spewing invasive species and chemicals into the lake. I don’t know if I would go as far as to condemn Tahoe Keys, but the waterways need to be filled in and the owners compensated. It’s only going to get worse!

John Mullady

South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

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