TOWN OF TRUCKEE STARTS MANDATORY WATERCRAFT INSPECTIONS AT
Closing Dates Announced for Watercraft Inspections
Truckee-Tahoe Station - Last day is Sunday, September 4th
Alpine Meadows Station - Last day is Friday, September 30th
Donner Lake Public Boat Launch: Last day of inspections is Wednesday, September 7th
TRUCKEE BOAT INSPECTION STATION CLOSING FOR SEASON
Truckee, CA – 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.
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Truckee-Tahoe Watercraft Inspection Program
Watercraft inspections are mandatory for all motorized and/or trailered watercraft launching on Donner Lake through the Town of Truckee ordinance Title 14. Inspections are to help prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species into Donner Lake. Non-motorized watercraft may be subject to an inspection prior to entering Donner Lake if determined necessary by the Town of Truckee or its designee. Inspections are available the following roadside watercraft inspection stations.
- Opened May 1st, operating 7 days a week, 8:30am - 5:30pm:
- Opened May 19th, operating Thursday through Sunday, 8:30am - 5:30pm:
- Donner Lake Public Boat Launch, operating Monday-Wednesday 8:00am – 6:00pm
The Town of Truckee is continuing to partner with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District and Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District to implement watercraft inspections. In an effort to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, the Town of Truckee is collecting survey data and public comment about best management practices related to the access of Donner Lake, such as extending staff hours, installing a gate at the public boat ramp, and invasive species training for boaters. The goal is to increase protection and ensure that all boats are inspected prior to launching. The Town of Truckee is seeking input on the type of access provided at the public launch including the hours, days, and months in operation.
Once established in local waters, aquatic invasive species such as, invertebrates (New Zealand mudsnails, quagga mussels, and Asian clam), plants (Eurasian watermilfoil, hydrilla, and curlyleaf pondweed), and warm water fishes degrade aquatic ecosystems, inhibit recreation, damage infrastructure and equipment, and cause depreciation in property values.
“The health of local waters continues to be extremely important to the character, natural beauty, and economic vitality of the Town of Truckee”, said Dan Olsen, Police Support Services Manager. “We believe that boaters, anglers, and others who recreate on Donner Lake will continue to embrace the efforts to protect this precious natural resource.”
Watercraft identified as high risk will be required to be decontaminated before being able to launch in Donner Lake. Be prepared and save time and money by arriving at the inspection station Clean, Drain, and Dry.
Donner Lake inspection prices and options:
- Annual Inspection (valid for calendar year) $40/vessel
- Seasonal Inspection (valid May – Sept) $25/vessel
- Monthly Inspection $10/vessel
- Donner Only (valid for calendar year) $20/vessel
Boaters who certify that their vessel only launches on Donner Lake are eligible for a Donner Only sticker. Donner Only vessels are required to be inspected and must sign an affidavit verifying the vessel will only be launched in Donner Lake. Boaters who do not exclusively launch on Donner Lake and visit other waterbodies must submit to monthly or seasonal inspections.
For more information on watercraft inspections at Donner Lake please visit www.truckeeboatinspections.com.