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Truckee, CA August 24, 2016 – The Truckee-Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Station will be closing with their last day being September 4th. All watercraft launching on Donner Lake must go to the Alpine Meadows Watercraft Inspection Station for inspections. Alpine Meadows will remain open until September 30th. All watercraft must be “Clean, Drain and Dry” prior to launching.
Due to decreased boating traffic at Donner Lake after Labor Day, the Town will be stopping inspections as noted above. Please ensure that your watercraft is clean, drain, and dry prior to launching after September 30th.
During the 2016 boating season, Tahoe Resource Conservation District watercraft inspectors performed more than 1400 inspections for Donner Lake vessels. As watercraft continue to arrive from high-risk waters, the importance of watercraft inspections remains critical. “We would like to thank all the boaters who arrived at the Truckee-Tahoe inspection station with their watercraft clean, drained and dry,” said Nicole Cartwright, Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator for Tahoe Resource Conservation District. “These boaters were able to get on the water faster and avoided paying additional decontamination fees.”
In an effort to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, the Town of Truckee would like to invite all Donner Lake users to participate in a survey and provide public comment about best management practices related to the access of Donner Lake at the public launch ramp, such as; extending staff hours, installing an access gate, and invasive species self-inspection training for boaters. The goal is to increase protection and ensure that all boats are inspected prior to launching every time. The Town of Truckee is seeking input on the type of access desired by all users and boaters provided at the public launch including the hours, days, and months of use. You can access the survey on TruckeeBoatInspections.com. This survey will be open until Monday, September 5, 2016.
“Our plan going forward is to gather survey data, share what we have learned, and attempt to narrow the possible options available to present to the Town Council sometime later in the year,” stated Town of Truckee Police Chief, Adam McGill. “We truly value everyone’s input and want to collaborate going forward as we search for the best outcome for Donner Lake and its users.”
The next public workshop will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 6 p.m. at the Truckee Town Hall in the Council Chambers. For more information on watercraft inspections at Donner Lake please visit www.TruckeeBoatInspections.com.