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Lake Tahoe Invasive Species Detections

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Information Release: August 7, 2013

RE: Invasive Species Detections

Press Contact:
Peter Brumis, Tahoe Resource Conservation District
530.543.1501 ext. 116, pbrumis@TahoeRCD.org

August 3, 2012:

Species found: 1 live quagga mussel was discovered on the anchor line of a pleasure craft
Where: Meyers Watercraft Inspection Station near South Lake Tahoe, CA.
Boat origin: The boat had recently visited the Lake Havasu area, which is known to be infested with quagga mussels.
Details: The boat was decontaminated and cleared by California Fish and Game personnel. 

August 5, 2012:

Species found: 1 dead quagga mussel shell was found in the anchor locker of a 28-foot pleasure boat
Where: Spooner Summit inspection station on Hwy 50 in Nevada.
Boat origin: Lake Mead, NV
Details: The owner had previously notified inspectors that he was bringing the watercraft from Lake Mead, and had already cleaned the boat.  After finding a mussel shell, Lake Tahoe Watercraft Inspectors decontaminated the boat again as an added precaution, and the boat was released to the owner by Nevada Division of Wildlife.

Quote from the Lake Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Program:

“Inspectors with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District have intercepted a total of 6 boats so far in 2012, including 5 boats carrying invasive quagga or zebra mussels and 1 boat potentially transporting New Zealand mudsnails.  With more nearby waterbodies infected with aquatic invasive species each year, it’s imperative that all boats entering Lake Tahoe and other waterbodies are inspected to reduce the threat of potentially devastating invasive plants and animals.  We would like to thank our valued partners, including the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, US Department of Fish and Wildlife and numerous other public and private partners who help make the Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Program a national model for invasive species prevention,” said Tahoe RCD spokesperson Peter Brumis.  “We would also like to thank an increasing number of boaters and paddlers for taking steps to avoid the spread of invasive species, including arriving at inspection stations and launch ramps with their boats Clean, Drained and Dry.  We all play a part in protecting our waters.”

Visit TahoeBoatInspections.com or call (888) 824-6267 for updates, details and information, or follow @TahoeBoating on Twitter for real-time updates.

About the Lake Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Program

The Watercraft Inspection Program is part of the Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Program which is implemented by 40 public and private partner organizations including federal, state and local jurisdictions, research partners, public utility districts, and private marinas, with major funding from the US Fish & Wildlife Service. The state, federal and local agencies comprising the Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinating Committee have provided leadership, direction and resources to fulfill this program’s mission of prevention, detection and control of aquatic invasive species in the Lake Tahoe Region.

The Tahoe Resource Conservation District’s (Tahoe RCD) mission is to promote the conservation and improvement of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s soil, water and related natural resources by providing leadership, information, programs, and technical assistance to all land managers, owners, organizations, and residents.  The Tahoe RCD is a non-regulatory, grant funded, public agency that works with a variety of partner agencies to implement projects, programs and outreach which currently focus on erosion control, runoff infiltration, terrestrial and aquatic invasive species control, and conservation landscaping.  For additional information, contact Pete Brumis at (530) 543-1501 or pbrumis@TahoeRCD.org.

Press Contact:
Peter Brumis
Public Outreach Specialist
Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD)
530.543.1501 x116