Statement on start of public process for the control of aquatic invasive weeds in the Tahoe Keys

Jun 10, 2019:

"Aquatic invasive weeds in the Tahoe Keys are one of the top threats to Lake Tahoe. Tackling this issue is critical to ensuring our Lake’s water clarity remains clear and blue and our beaches pristine," said Jesse Patterson, chief strategy officer for the League to Save Lake Tahoe. "The League is supportive of the current public process and is actively participating in the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Steering Committee to ensure that the best outcomes for Lake Tahoe are being considered at all times. We will continue to be a voice for the Lake as this process moves forward," he added.

"It is exciting to see this collaborative process move forward," said Darcie Goodman Collins, Ph.D., CEO of the League to Save Lake Tahoe. "Our hope is that together we will find the most effective combination of science-backed method sto test in the Tahoe Keys that will control the spread of aquatic weeds from the Keys into Lake Tahoe.  We’ve already made progress using new technologies with the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association today, and I have every belief that this will one day be a success story of how property owners, agencies and nonprofits were all able to come together to find innovative solutions to Keep Tahoe Blue."

BACKGROUND

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is actively engaged in efforts to control aquatic invasive species like curlyleaf pondweed and eurasian watermilfoil in the Tahoe Keys. The League worked closely with the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association (TKPOA) to install an array of technologies such as a bubble curtain, a laminar flow aeration system, skimmers, bottom barriers and others to control these weeds. In addition, the League has held multiple Eyes on the Lake Trainings to educate property owners on how to identify and report sightings of these weeds. The League is also participating in the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency stakeholder working group. Our scientific experts our sharing best practices and working closely with other agencies to ensure the best outcome for a clear Tahoe Keys and for a blue Lake Tahoe.

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