SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Some boaters say new regulations designed to reduce the level of noise and pollutants from motorboats at Lake Tahoe could drive away visitors and hurt the local economy.
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's Blue Boating Program is designed to protect Tahoe from engine emissions, noise and sewage discharges.
In addition to fees imposed for invasive species inspections, the owner of an average boat will typically pay $65 to $75 for a full year of boating at the lake.
Lew Long of the Pacific Yacht Association thinks the fees could prompt boaters to seek out cheaper alternatives and hurt the local economy.
But Carl Young of the League to Save Lake Tahoe thinks boaters will adapt to the regulations.
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