Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Tahoe boating season starts with fees and inspections


Boating season is here, so it’s time to start thinking about getting your boat in the water.  Nobody wants to spread aquatic invasive species into the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe.  Therefore, boaters will have to stop at one of the 5 roadside inspection stations for an inspection and 2012 sticker.  Boats that have an intact wire inspection seal can be taken directly to their Tahoe launch ramp to purchase a Tahoe Only sticker.
The 5 roadside inspection stations are at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, NorthStar at Tahoe Resort, Homewood Ski Resort, Spooner Summit (in the snowpark area off Hwy. 28 near Hwy. 50) and Meyers (2128 Keetak Street near Hwy. 89 and 50).
Make sure your boat is clean, drained, and dry before going to an inspection station.  Clean up any oil, dirt, or debris inside bilges and storage compartments, and remove all items inside these compartments.  Drain and dry the water from your bilge, ballast tanks, live wells and any storage compartments.  Outdrives should be lowered to drain any residual water.  Ballast tanks will require decontamination, so make sure the tank(s) is empty and the tank pumps are functioning.  Bring any special adapters or engine flush kit with you to the inspection station.
If your boat is wet or dirty it may need “decontamination”.  Decontamination will cost you time and money.  A contaminated boat requires flushing the entire boat and its systems with 140 degree water.
Hand launched watercraft like canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards are exempt from the mandatory inspections and fees.  However, these boats can also carry the invasive species.  Self-inspections and decontamination are encouraged.  There is a 6 minute training video available at: http://tahoekeepers.org

For all inspection questions and station hours: http://tahoeboatinspections.com/

The Truckee Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program is a voluntary/pilot program to protect Donner Lake, Boca, Prosser, and Stampede Reservoirs from invasive species.  This is an outreach program to educate boaters about the spread of invasive species. 
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