Tahoe Gives Boaters the Green Light

Regulators have decided to keep Lake Tahoe's scenic Emerald Bay open to boaters this summer, despite the presence of an aquatic invasive species there.

The discovery of Asian clams near the bay's mouth had prompted some Tahoe Regional Planning Agency governing board members to call for a temporary ban on boating in it.

   But TRPA Executive Director Joanne Marchetta says there would be a political and economic impact to any closures of the west shore bay, one of the most popular locations for boaters at Lake Tahoe.

   Agency officials say a 2005 move to allow the agency to shut down Emerald Bay to reduce the impact of recreation to it drew criticism from local residents.

 Native to Asia, the clams first turned up in Lake Tahoe in 2001.

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