RENO, Nev. -- A boat headed for Lake Tahoe was found to be encrusted with quagga mussels, an invasive species that wildlife experts say could pose a major environmental threat to the scenic mountain lake on the Nevada-California line.
Inspectors discovered the mussels attached to a powerboat during a routine inspection over the weekend.
The boat was released after being decontaminated, said Pete Brumis with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District. Dozens of quagga mussels were detected on the boat. The boat owner was cooperative with the process and said the boat had been moored in Lake Meade and removed two days prior to arriving at the Spooner Summit inspection station. This is boat inspectors’ first positive ID on zebra or quagga mussels this year.