Call before transport program to help prevent the spread of invasive species to Lake Tahoe | South of Lake Tahoe

Boat carriers can call a new Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) hotline when planning to transport vessels across state lines to prevent the spread of invasive species and to assist in the boat inspection process. Carriers bound for Lake Tahoe can be connected with Tahoe Resource Conservation District Boat Inspectors to facilitate and expedite the process of boat inspection and, if necessary, decontamination.

The interstate “Call Before You Haul” program is a partnership through the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission to help reduce the continued spread of AIS that can be attributed to the movement of watercraft between planes. water. Invasive species can be carried in bilge waters, live wells and bait buckets as well as on the exteriors and trailers of boats and engines. Each time a boat is transported overland after being used in an infested waterway, it can transfer AIS to uninfested waterways.

Calling the toll-free number, 1-844-311-4873, to proactively arrange boat inspections can avoid costly delays at inspection stations and ensure carriers are not violating state, federal, or state laws that prohibit the transport of AIS – dead or alive.

AIS pose a serious threat to the recreational and natural resources of the Lake Tahoe watershed. ISA competes with native species and can increase algae growth, which contributes to the decline of Lake Tahoe’s famous water clarity. AIS are expensive to control and often impossible to eradicate. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Tahoe Resource Conservation District operate the Lake Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Program to ensure all motorized watercraft are inspected and certified AIS-free before they are launched in the waters of the Lake Tahoe area, including Echo Lakes, Fallen Leaf Lake and Lake Tahoe. Since the start of the program in 2008, more than 100,000 boats have been inspected and no new invasive species have been detected in the region.

Ryan H. Bowman