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Stray dock causes concern

Bill Ottman is doing his part to keep Tahoe blue. It’s just taking a little longer than he expected.

Ottman, 73, is a Tahoe Keys homeowner who discovered a boat dock floating near the entrance to the Tahoe Keys Marina about two weeks ago. The U-shaped dock, about 20 feet long and 12 feet wide, has since drifted ashore just east of the marina entrance.

“Kids want to go play on it and it is swimming season,” Ottman said. “I would think the Conservancy or the city might be concerned about a lawsuit. We all get so concerned about the quality of the lake and this thing is a mess with the foam that is disintegrating and the wood and the nails.”



Ottman informed the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, the City Attorney’s Office, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board, the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, the Tahoe Conservancy and the Tahoe Keys Marina.

TRPA spokeswoman Pam Drum said the agency has offered to lend a boat to the Conservancy to remove the wayward dock.



“We basically have offered up our boat to move it to a place where it can be dismantled and disposed of,” Drum said. “It is a piece of debris and we are going to try to cooperate to get rid of it.”

Ottman said he was happy to hear that steps are being taken to have the dock removed. Ottman, an avid hiker, said he tries to keep litter off the trails and beaches.

“When I take a hike if there is a piece of paper on the trail I pick it up,” Ottman said. “I try to keep my area clean and my area is South Lake Tahoe. It is not a big thing, but it is just another (contaminant) that is going in the lake. This is not an oil spill, but it is a problem and it is there.”

Drum said when large debris comes ashore people should contact the proper agency to decide if it needs to be removed.

“If people see a piece of debris and they think it is a public safety hazard they should probably contact the Coast Guard or the Sheriff’s Department and if they think it is an environmental hazard they can contact us,” Drum said.


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