Attention Boaters! For a fourth season, watercraft inspections and boater education on aquatic invasive species (AIS) will take place at Donner Lake and Boca, Prosser, and Stampede reservoirs from late May through early September. Inspections are voluntary but highly recommended to help boaters avoid spreading aquatic invasive plant and animal species, which could threaten the ecological and economical integrity of the Truckee/Tahoe area.
Started in 2009, the Truckee Regional AIS Prevention Program (TRAISPP) works to provide community education on AIS and implements boat inspections, which are the front line to prevent the introduction of AIS, as boats and other motorized watercraft are the highest-risk vectors for spreading AIS into new water bodies. Boaters are encouraged to Clean, Drain and Dry their watercraft prior to launching.
Decontaminations will be available for a fee for high risk vessels launching at Truckee area water bodies. Decontaminations will take place at Alpine Meadows, off Highway 89, and Northstar-at-Tahoe, off Highway 267.
Last year, Truckee Town Council and the Boards of Supervisors for Sierra County and Nevada County passed ordinances related to these AIS prevention efforts. Tahoe RCD, the Truckee River Watershed Council and more than 30 partner organizations, agencies and citizens continue to work with local policy-makers to tailor prevention programs.
For more information, program updates and announcements visit TruckeeBoatInspections.com.
Truckee Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program (TRAISPP)
Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD)