TRPA seeks $750K to combat invasive species at Tahoe

Feb 17, 2015 1:42 PM by Associated Press

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is asking Nevada lawmakers to provide half the $750,000 it says it needs to continue its efforts to combat invasive species over the next two years, including the quagga mussel.

Gov. Brian Sandoval included the $375,000 in his budget proposal.

The Nevada Appeal reports that Assemblyman Mike Sprinkle of Sparks also told a joint Assembly-Senate panel Friday that an interim committee charged with studying programs at Tahoe unanimously supported the added funding.

TRPA spokeswoman Julie Regan says it costs about $1.5 million to operate the program - about half of that coming in the form of fees boaters pay.

She says the boating inspection program conducted more than 7,000 inspections and performed 2,700 decontaminations last summer to prevent unwanted species from reaching the lake.


Information from: Nevada Appeal

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