Scuba divers to install barriers in South Lake Tahoe to improve water clarity

Scuba divers to install barriers in South Lake Tahoe to improve water clarity (Photo courtesy: Tahoe Fund)

The clarity of Lake Tahoe in 2017 is the lowest on record, according to date released by the Tahoe Environmental Research Center at the University of California, Davis.

In an effort to improve the water clarity -- scuba divers will be installing "bottom barriers" in South Lake Tahoe on Wednesday, August 15.

The barriers are essentially giant mats that cover invasive plant species like pondweed and Eurasian Watermilfoil, and kill them due to lack of sunlight.

Tahoe Conservation District is hosting the dive as hundreds of feet will be installed.

Last year, Tahoe Fund and TWSA raised over $52,000 to help purchase 1.6 acres of barriers to complete the maximum installation of five acres per permit.

A future method that could be used to remove more Tahoe invasive plants is a system called the "UV Light Pilot Control Project."

The UV light could be effective in killing weeds more efficiently. The project is expected to be completed by December of 2018.

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