Invasive SpeciesAn infestation of invasive mussels is an immediate threat to Lake Tahoe. The quagga and zebra mussels reproduce and colonize quickly and if introduced to Lake Tahoe would do irreparable damage to our ecosystem.
Boat inspectors have already discovered a number of invasive species on boats attempting to launch at Lake Tahoe. In May, 2010, a few days after roadside inspection sites opened, inspectors found New Zealand mud snails in a boat before it entered Tahoe.
These boats are quarantined and decontaminated. But quagga and zebra mussels are often extremely difficult to see. Please help us to protect Lake Tahoe by taking the following precautions:
Inspection fees for motorized boats range from $20-$120, depending on the size of boat. All funds go directly to the inspection program. There is currently no charge to inspect a nonmotorized watercraft.
For more information on boat inspections, visit ProtectTahoe.org.
Learn more about aquatic invasive species at Tahoe through the Tahoe Resource Conservation District.