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Green Boating at Lake Tahoe

TitleGreen Boating at Lake Tahoe
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-07-13
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #76 - "Green Boating" (Air Date: July 20, 2004). Brent Richmond from the TRPA Watercraft Team discusses what maintenance boaters need to do in order to prevent oil leaks into the lake.
SubjectBoats and boating -- Environmental aspects -- Tahoe, Lake, Region (Calif. and Nev.)
LocationLake Tahoe (Calif. and Nev.)
Tahoe, Lake (Calif. and Nev.)
CollectionThe Lake Tahoe Report
Original PublisherLake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition (
Electronic PublisherUniversity of Nevada, Reno - Department of Teaching and Learning Technologies
Ordering and Permissions InformationFor more information, contact the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, or 775-832-4138.
Date Digital2005-03-14
RelationRequires Windows Media Player
Resource TypeMoving Image
Contributing InstitutionUniversity of Nevada, Reno
TranscriptionSegment 76: Green Boating Air Date: July 20, 2004 Tease @13:33 "Green boating it's easier than you think. I'm Shelly Purdy and I'll tell you how to do it tonight on the lake Tahoe report on KOLO News Channel 8." Anchor Intro: Summer is the perfect time to enjoy all that Lake Tahoe has to offer: waterskiing, paragliding, swimming and boating. But if you're going to hop on your boat and head out on the lake, there are a few things to keep in mind to do your part to keep Tahoe blue. Shelly Purdy has details in tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take Pkg)) ((Track 1)) Lake Tahoe carries the very special designation of an outstanding natural resource waterway. And, for good reason. It's a beautiful lake. That's part of what brings thousands of boaters here every year. But boats…due to the fact that they sit directly in the water…have the potential to pollute. There are a few easy things every boater can do to make sure they do their part to keep Tahoe blue. ((sot @ 2:08 Brent Richmond, TRPA Watercraft Team)) "We encourage people to keep up on maintenance on their boats. Inspect the system to ensure there's no leaks." ((track 2)) But even with the cleanest and most well maintained boat, there is always a little bit of oil that leaks from the engine. That's why it's a good idea to place bilge pads or pillows near the engine to take care of any leaking oil. It's also a good idea to use the pads while you're filling the gas tank. ((sot @ 2:42)) "You place the bilge pillow over the nozzle to prevent any splash back that would get into the lake." ((s/u @ 12:39 Shelly Purdy)) "If there is a spill this material can be used on the surface of the water. It won't absorb the water but it will pick up oil and gasoline." ((track 3)) It takes a little bit of extra effort, but it's worth it. Lake Tahoe is a zero discharge lake. That means nothing can be dumped in this water…especially gray or black water. Most marinas have public dump stations for sewage and gray water so wait until you get there before pumping-out. ((sot @ 6:09)) "Lake Tahoe again is a designated outstanding natural resource water. Direct discharge of any type is prohibited." ((Track 4)) It's not only beautiful, but it's also the water we drink. Keeping it clean is in everyone's best interest. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO NC8. Anchor Tag: If you move your boat from lake to lake it's also a good idea to inspect your boat for weeds and other vegetation before launching into Lake Tahoe. Non-native weeds have become a problem at Lake Tahoe. A very common way weeds make their way from waterway to waterway is on boat propellers.

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