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Lawsuit puts Lake Tahoe boating facilities on hold

•  Recent Cases     updated  2009/09/28 10:21


A federal judge is blocking construction of boating facilities on Lake Tahoe while he resolves an environmental lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed by the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the SierraClub, challenges new regulations that would allow more than 100 newprivate piers, 10 new public piers, new boat ramps, mooring buoys andhundreds of slips.

The regulations were adopted last year by the Tahoe Regional PlanningAgency after years of controversy. Environmentalists argue that newpiers and ramps would increase motorized boating and the pollution thatgoes with it.

In a recent ruling, U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton issued apreliminary injunction. It bars construction of the piers and ramps butallows the planning agency to move ahead with processing permits forthe facilities.

Still, boaters might want to hold off.

"The court notes that its independent review indicates that plaintiffs have shown some likelihood of success," Karlton wrote.

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