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Tahoe Keepers: Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

All paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, paddles and gear must be Clean, Drained and Dry before launching at Lake Tahoe. If you plan on kayaking or canoeing in Nevada, you are required to purchase a NV AIS Decal for $6 at https://www.ndow.org.

Aquatic invasive species like Asian clams and Eurasian watermilfoil are already changing Tahoe’s ecosystem and threaten Lake Tahoe’s famous water clarity.  Luckily, these AIS are not yet established in Fallen Leaf Lake, Echo Lake, and Spooner Lake.  Let’s keep it that way.

Invaders spread through the transport of water and debris that can collect in cockpits and hatches, and cling to outer hulls, rudders and paddles. Spreading AIS violates local, state, and federal laws.

If you find any contaminants on your watercraft or gear or recently visited infected waters, you must go to a Tahoe Boat inspection station for a free decontamination. Learn more at tahoeboatinspections.com

If you only paddle within the Lake Tahoe basin, it is very important to inspect your watercraft and gear to ensure you are not inadvertently transporting invaders found in Lake Tahoe to unaffected zones or other Tahoe-Truckee water bodies.

Asian Clams are an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS), which are invading Lake Tahoe.

Asian Clams

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Eurasian Milfoil

Learn how to stop the transfer of AIS to Tahoe and Truckee water bodies by self-inspecting and decontaminating your boats and gear after each use.   It’s easy and it matters.

Tahoe Keepers logoThe Tahoe Keepers online training program demonstrates how to Clean, Drain and Dry your watercraft and gear every time you haul out or move between water bodies, and properly Dispose of any plants or debris. Paddlers who successfully complete the free program will become members of the Tahoe Keepers stewardship community, and will receive “Proof of Training” credentials and a cool sticker!

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For more info, call 888-824-6267 or email AIS@TahoeRCD.org

1) CLEAN

Clean paddlecraft and gear with pressurized water, removing all dirt, plant, and other material from your rudder, hull, cockpit, and paddles. DISPOSE of foreign matter in a trash can or above the waterline on dry land.

2) DRAIN

Drain the water from your hatches, cockpits, paddles, and gear on land before you leave the immediate area.

3) DRY

Dry your paddlecraft and gear before launching it again.

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Free kayak, canoe, paddle board, and non-motorized watercraft inspections and decontaminations are available at each roadside watercraft inspection station located at Truckee, Alpine Meadows, Spooner Summit, and Meyers. Directions to these roadside stations, a list of water bodies containing aquatic invasive species, and answers to frequently asked questions, are also available at tahoeboatinspections.com.

If you plan on kayaking or canoeing in Nevada, you are required to purchase a NV AIS Decal

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