Pollution rules begin at Tahoe
INCLINE VILLAGE (AP) – Boats at Lake Tahoe are subject to new inspection rules intended to guard against pollution and help keep its water blue.
The rules, that went into effect Saturday, say all motorized watercraft must get an annual clean boating certification as well as an inspection to check for zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency first ordered the inspections beginning in 2007.
Agency officials say the additional certification will help reduce pollution from engine emissions, noise and sewage discharges.
The inspections are available at all open ramps and launch facilities.
They will be offered at roadside stations around the Tahoe Basin starting Memorial Day weekend. Fees vary according to length of vessels and engine horse power.
The rules began the same day the boat launch facility at Sand Harbor re-opened for the year. Launching hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the summer.