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Plan to allow pesticides in Lake Tahoe criticized

Associated Press
Tribune file photoA member of the 11 man Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association crew, Dominick Musa, uses a harvester to scoop up weeds in lagoons near Tahoe Keys homes.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) – Lake Tahoe’s leading conservation organization is criticizing a regional board’s vote to allow the use of pesticides to combat nonnative aquatic species at the Sierra lake.

The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Wednesday vote to lift a ban on the use of pesticides in Tahoe now goes to the California State Water Resources Control Board for action.

Carl Young of the League to Save Lake Tahoe says his group wants to protect the health of visitors and residents, and is concerned they could be exposed to pesticides through drinking water and the lake’s fish.

Environmental scientist Dan Sussman of the Lahontan water board says pesticides are “one more tool” to fight nonnative species if needed, and they would only be used under the strictest of controls

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