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Tahoe's Boaters Must Be Safe and Know the Rules

TitleTahoe's Boaters Must Be Safe and Know the Rules
Author/CreatorCobourn, John; Purdy, Shelly; Segale, Heather M.
Related item(s)Press Release available at
Date Original2004-07-24
Summary/DescriptionLake Tahoe Report Segment #77 - "Boating Regulations" (Air Date: July 27, 2004). Brian Gannon from the Tahoe Regional Planning Association Watercraft Team discusses that group's work to educate boaters about the rules and regulations of boating on Lake Tahoe.
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 77: Boating Rules Air Date: July 27, 2004 Anchor intro: From two stroke bans to no wake zones to noise ordinances, the rules on Lake Tahoe can get a bit confusing. Shelly Purdy cuts through it all on tonight's Lake Tahoe Report. ((Take Pkg)) ((nats boating)) ((Track 1)) It doesn't get much better than this. A beautiful day out on the lake. But if you don't know about some of the new rules on Lake Tahoe your day might be interrupted by these guys…the TRPA's friendly watercraft team. The team's job is to educate boaters about the rules and regulations of Tahoe…like the 600 foot no wake zone designed to reduce shoreline erosion caused by wave action. And, the 2-stroke engine ban that went into effect on June 1st of 1999. ((sot @ 24:16 Brian Gannon, TRPA Watercraft Team)) "The two strokes that we're coming across these days are mostly people from out of town who didn't read up on the regulations before they came here. They didn't see the signs, whatever. So after you talk with them for a few minutes and educate them, give them some literature to read and explain why we're doing this they're quite receptive to it." ((s/u @ 30 12 Shelly Purdy)) "So, if you see these guys coming don't worry. You most likely won't be getting a ticket. They're just out here to educate you on the rules at Lake Tahoe." ((sot @ 26:58 Brian Gannon, TRPA Watercraft Team)) "We are not law enforcement like sheriffs or police, so we can't pull someone over. So we take the nice approach. We wave at them and most of the time we've been pretty successful at having them come to us." ((Track 2)) Because, the idea is not to be punitive but rather to educate the boating public about the rules on Lake Tahoe. Those rules like the 2-strike ban and no wake zone are in effect to protect water quality. That way, everyone has an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful clear blue waters of Lake Tahoe. With the Lake Tahoe Environmental Education Coalition, I'm Shelly Purdy for KOLO NC8. Anchor Tag: In many places around Lake Tahoe there are buoys at the 600 foot from shore line. A good way to judge the distance if there is no buoy is to travel 5 minle per hour for one and a half minutes from shore. After that minute and a half, you will be 600 feet from shore.

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