TRPA will get watercraft update |

TRPA will get watercraft update

Andy Bourelle

What: Regular meeting of the Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

When: Aug. 26, 9:30 a.m.

Where: Tahoe Seasons Resort

Subject: Status report on regulations relating to motorized watercraft (agenda item IX-B)

The Governing Board of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency will get an update Wednesday on the status of the motorized watercraft regulations and lawsuit.

TRPA announced recently that its ban on two-stroke engines – effective June 1, 1999 – would be replaced in December with an ordinance following the California Resources Board’s new emission regulations.

The governing board requested the update. It is not an action item.

TRPA staff is working with other agencies to study the impacts of motorized watercraft on the waters of the Lake Tahoe area.

A report from TRPA staff and the University of California, Davis Tahoe Research Group will be presented to the governing board in November. A public hearing also is scheduled for December to allow TRPA to react to any new information.

The proceedings of the lawsuit filed against TRPA have been stayed – or temporarily put on hold – because of TRPA’s indication that its regulation might change.

The plaintiffs in the case include the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Personal Watercraft Industry Association, the Lake Tahoe Watercraft Recreation Association and several other watercraft rental firms and residents.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, claims TRPA’s phaseout of two-stroke engines by 1999 is unfounded and unfairly singles out engines. The ordinance TRPA staff intends to propose to the board of governors in December will focus on emission standards rather than specific engine types. Officials have said a regulation on emissions will be easier to support scientifically as well as easier to enforce.

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