Advocates lobby for second boat wash at Fallen Leaf Lake, agencies in basin cry poor
By Jessie Marchesseau
Lake Tahoe News
Jul 17, 2012
Asian clams are one of the invasive species in Lake Tahoe that could potentially be spread to Fallen Leaf Lake via boaters using both lakes. Photo credit: TERC.
Fallen Leaf Lake is clean. That is, it is still free of aquatic invasive species.
The Fallen Leaf Protection Association would like to keep it that way. Members of the Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Program, made up of dozens of organizations including the TRPA, TRCD and USFS, would also like to keep it that way. However, coming to an agreement on the best way to go about it has proven to be a daunting task.
Aquatic invasive species, including Eurasian watermilfoil and Asian clams, have already been identified in Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake. Spooner, Martis, Bucks and Lilly Lake have also fallen victim to the watermilfoil. But other area lakes including Echo, Boca, Stampede, Prosser and Fallen Leaf have all managed to keep their free and clean status.
Once infected, these species are nearly impossible to eradicate and are costly to control. The communities surrounding Lake Mead spend more than $20 million a year in an effort to control one of the worst AIS infestations in the U.S. These invasive creatures can affect water clarity, native plant and animal life, clog water intake pipes and, if the infestation is bad enough, even affect water potability.