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Help Stop the Spread of Weeds in Lake Tahoe

Posted on May 1, 2014
Filed Under Green Tahoe

It’s an ugly subject, but all of us can help stop the Eurasian watermilfoil weed from strangling Lake Tahoe, and the transfer of these weeds into other lakes, streams and rivers in the Tahoe Basin.

Currently, there is no Eurasian watermilfoil or curly leaf pondweed in Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lake and Spooner Lake.  Let’s keep it that way.

Paddlers and motorized boaters can follow a few simple steps to stop the spread.

Become a Tahoe Keeper.
Protect Your Favorite Place.
Protect Your Favorite Pastime.

Stop the Spread of Aquatic Invaders.
Clean • Drain • Dry • Every time

Please join our local paddle shops and other paddlers and become a Tahoe Keeper to help stop the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) into Lake Tahoe and Truckee water bodies.

It’s easy. It’s free. It matters.
And, you’ll get a really cool sticker!

Aquatic invasive species (AIS) threaten Lake Tahoe’s famous water clarity. Invaders spread through the transport of water and debris that can collect in cockpits and hatches, and cling to outer hulls, rudders and paddles. Spreading AIS violates local, state, and federal laws.

Self-Inspect & Decontaminate: The Tahoe Keepers online training program demonstrates how to Clean, Drain and Dry your watercraft and gear every time you haul out or move between water bodies, and properly Dispose of any plants or debris.

  • CLEAN watercraft with pressurized water, removing all dirt, plant, and animal material from your rudder, hull, cockpit, and fishing gear. DISPOSE of foreign matter above the waterline on dry land or in a trash can.
  • DRAIN the water from your hatches and cockpits on land before you leave the immediate area.
  • DRY your watercraft before launching it again.

When paddling in an area infested with AIS or if you find contaminants on your boat or board, implement additional decontamination measures, such as spraying with pressurized water and keeping your watercraft completely dry for at least 5 days.

Prevent In-basin Transfer of AIS: If you only paddle within the Lake Tahoe basin, it is still very important to inspect your watercraft and gear to ensure you are not inadvertently transporting invaders found in Lake Tahoe to other Tahoe-Truckee area water bodies.

If you find AIS on your equipment or you are arriving at Lake Tahoe from a region with infested water bodies, inspections and decontaminations are available free of charge at the roadside watercraft inspection stations.

Learn more and join the Tahoe Keepers stewardship community at  Call 1-888-824-6267 for the AIS hotline.

It’s easy. It’s free.  It matters.

Motorized Boat Operators

Maggie's SouthCheck your boat and trailers before launching:

  • Run your prop in reverse to knock off plants parts.
  • Remove all plant parts from boat and trailer and dispose of away from the water.
  • Drain livewells, bilge water, ballast tanks, and transom wells at the launch ramp before leaving a waterbody.
  • Empty bait buckets on land, not into the water.
  • Wash watercraft with high pressure hose at 140 degrees
  • Wash fishing equipment prior to use in another waterbody.

For more info, visit Tahoe Boat Inspections.

Thank you. We’re All in This Boat Together.

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