UV Light Pilot Project
Partners: Tahoe Resource Conservation District, Inventive Resources Inc., California Tahoe Conservancy
Total Project Cost: $270,000
Tahoe Fund Grant: $10,000
In an effort to spur innovation in Tahoe, the Tahoe Fund provided the initial funds for a project that will evaluate UV light as a new method to remove aquatic invasive weeds. This innovative approach will be used in a pilot program at Lakeside Marina & Beach and could change the way aquatic invasive weeds are controlled in Tahoe’s watershed and beyond if successful.
Aquatic invasive weeds are a serious threat to the crystal clear waters of Lake Tahoe. Aquatic invaders such as Eurasian watermilfoil and curly-leaf pondweed have already established in the Lake. These non-native species change the natural make-up of the waters and threaten to significantly reduce the recreational use of the Lake and surrounding rivers.
A $5,000 grant to the Tahoe Resource Conservation District from the Tahoe Fund’s Environmental Venture Trust helped secure $260,000 in public funding from the California Tahoe Conservancy to get the project started this year. An additional $5,000 grant will provide underwater cameras to monitor the effectiveness of the UV light.