TRUCKEE -- Watercraft inspections begin today at the Donner Lake Public Boat Launch to keep invasive species out of the lake.
The inspections, by Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District staff, will be only on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until June 1, when they will take place daily.
A new town ordinance requires mandatory inspections on all motorized and/or trailered boats and on other watercraft with water-ballast tanks prior to launching into Donner Lake.
After a successful inspection, the watercraft owner/operator must purchase a sticker that will allow them to launch without inspection for the remainder of the month.
Four types of stickers are available. The monthly sticker costs $10; a summer seasonal sticker for boats that will be operated only on Donner Lake is $20; a summer seasonal pass for boats that will be used elsewhere as well is $25; and an annual sticker is $40.
The summer seasonal sticker for boats that also will be used elsewhere and the annual sticker require monthly re-inspection.
Watercraft identified as high risk must be decontaminated before launching. Decontaminations will be available for a fee and will take place at Alpine Meadows, off Highway 89, and Northstar California, off Highway 267.
Watercraft screening applications and more information on inspections is available on the town of Truckee's web site, www.townoftruckee.com.