State water board to hear Lake Tahoe pesticide proposal |

State water board to hear Lake Tahoe pesticide proposal

Tribune staff report

The California State Water Resources is scheduled to vote on a proposal that would allow the use of aquatic pesticides at Lake Tahoe under certain circumstances.

The State Water Board is scheduled to consider the amendment to the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Basin Plan during a May 15 meeting in Sacramento.

The regional water board approved the plan in December. Existing rules effectively prohibit pesticide application to water within the agency’s jurisdiction.

Pesticides could be used to control several species of invasive aquatic plants that have taken root at Lake Tahoe.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe, as well as Lake Tahoe water providers, have expressed concerns about what effect pesticide use at Lake Tahoe could have on area drinking water supplies.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will also review the proposal before it can go into effect

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