Bubble Wall Could Stop Spread of Aquatic Invasive Plants in Lake Tahoe

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KTVN News 2 - Reno | Paul Nelson | May 29, 2018






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Residents of Lake Tahoe continue to fight the spread of aquatic invasive plants. The League to Save Lake Tahoe is partnering with the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association, using old technology for a new purpose in the Tahoe Keys Marina.

Bubble curtains are used all over the world to prevent debris from floating into a specific area. Now they are being used to prevent plant fragments from spreading from the Keys to the lake.

"Once they get a hold of Lake Tahoe, they change the whole ecology of the lake, provide habitat for other invasive species and actually make nutrients more available for algae which none of us want to see on our rocks here in Lake Tahoe," Jesse Patterson, Deputy Director of the League to Save Lake Tahoe said.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is partnering with the Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association. They installed an air compressor on May 10, which sends air into perforated hoses. Those are positioned in a V shape and spread across the floor of the channel that connects the Keys to the lake. It creates a wall of bubbles that could block the plants and funnel them to the edges.

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