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Aquatic Invasive Species Forum May 21 LT Golf Course

Posted on May 15, 2015
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Eco-Tips

Tahoe Keepers Draft LogoWhat are homeowners in the Tahoe Keys doing to fight aquatic invasive species (AIS)? How successful was the pilot research project to reduce the Asian clam population in Emerald Bay, and what does it mean for future control projects? What does the latest research say about whether quagga mussels could survive in Lake Tahoe?

Experts will discuss these issues and more at the fifth annual Aquatic Invasive Species Public Forum, Thursday, May 21, at the Lake Tahoe Golf Course, 2500 Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe. The forum is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and offers a chance for the public to learn about AIS prevention and control programs at Lake Tahoe.

The forum is sponsored each year by the Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Program, a coalition of 40 government agencies and nonprofit groups that have partnered together to prevent the introduction and the spread of AIS at Lake Tahoe. Forum topics and presenters include:

  • An update on AIS accomplishments and upcoming projects at Lake Tahoe by Nicole Cartwright, AIS Program Coordinator at the Tahoe Resource Conservation District
  • AIS control plans for Lake Tahoe, by Dr. Marion Wittmann, Conservation Biologist at University of Nevada, Reno
  • Native mussels in the Truckee River, by Sarah Muskopf, Aquatic Biologist at the U.S. Forest Service
  • The Emerald Bay Asian Clam Pilot Research Project, by Dennis Zabaglo, Aquatic Resources Manager at the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • The Lake Tahoe Quagga Mussel Survivability Study, by Sudeep Chandra, Associate Professor at University of Nevada, Reno
  • The Tahoe Keys Integrated Weed Management Plan, by Rick Lind, President, Sierra Ecosystem Associates
  • Eyes on the Lake and citizen AIS monitoring efforts, Savannah Rudroff, Natural Resources Associate, League to Save Lake Tahoe

The free public forum begins at 5 p.m. with a networking session with light snacks and no-host bar. It will end with a question and answer session and a chance for people to meet and speak with individual presenters. For more information about the forum, contact Nicole Cartwright at 530-543-1501 extension 111 or For more information on the forum or aquatic invasive species in the region, visit and

“We encourage members of the public to attend the upcoming forum and learn more about the great work being performed by the Aquatic Invasive Species Program and how they can help,” said Nicole Cartwright, AIS Program Coordinator for the Tahoe Resource Conservation District. “Locals, visitors, business owners, professionals, educators, students all play a critical role in protecting Lake Tahoe.”

The Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species and Watercraft Inspection Programs are implemented by 40 public and private partner organizations including federal, state and local jurisdictions, research partners, public utility districts, and private marinas. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District lead the inspection program through the collaborative framework of the Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinating Committee chaired by TRPA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Committee provides the leadership, direction, and resources to fulfill this program’s mission of prevention, detection and control of aquatic invasive species in the Lake Tahoe Region.

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