Tahoe Officials Crack Down On Invasive Species

May 25, 2016

Lake Tahoe, NV, Sand Harbor.
Credit Don Graham-Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

It’s officially boating season up at Lake Tahoe and some groups are boosting efforts to stop invasive species from wreaking havoc. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne reports:

The Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association and researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno are figuring out ways to fight off weeds and fish that don’t belong. 

“These invasive species are a constant threat that we face at Lake Tahoe that can really degrade our environment and our recreational experiences here,” Lotshaw said.

That was spokesman Tom Lotshaw with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.

“It’s really important that we do everything we can to keep them out and keep them from spreading.” 

The TRPA says the economic impact of invaders could cost more than $20 million.

Without proper management, the ecosystem could lose its ability to support wildlife and defend itself from natural and man-made disasters.