New technology could prevent invasive species from getting into Lake Tahoe

LAKE TAHOE ( & KRNV) -- New technology in invasive species protection was recently unveiled at the 2014 Water Sports Industry Association Summit that could help keep Lake Tahoe safe from invasive species.

According to the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, it is estimated that an invasive species introduction to Lake Tahoe could have a financial impact of $20 million per year, and this new filter system could help prevent that from happening.

The filter system is called the Mussel Mast'R Aquatic Invasive Species Filter System. The manufacturer is a Florida-based company called Wake WorkX. TRPA said the new pump system effectively filters out aquatic invasive species and their larvae before allowing them to be pumped into special ballast tanks or bladders commonly installed in boats designed for wakeboarding and other wake sports to temporarily increase the size of their wake.

TRPA said the new pump system will also save time at Lake Tahoe inspection stations and boaters could pay a smaller fee for inspection services, if they have the system installed. TRPA plans to have the new system available through boat dealers sometime this year.
Wake WorkX developed the system in partnership with TRPA, the Water Sports Industry Association, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.