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Protect the Lake You Love
Be a #TahoeBlueGooder
Now more than ever, we all need to do our part to Keep Tahoe Blue. With folks escaping to the Lake in large numbers and land managers short-staffed, Big Blue is feeling the impacts of this unusual summer.

Whether you have 15 minutes or a whole week to spare, you can be part of the solution simply by being a #TahoeBlueGooder.

SEE TRASH, PICK UP TRASH. Make Tahoe litter-free.
PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT. Leave nothing but footsteps.
KEEP THE CAR PARKED. Ride your bike or walk instead.
REDUCE & REFUSE. Choose reusables and say no to single-use items.
SPREAD THE WORD. Share photos of your good deeds and others' with #TahoeBlueGooder. 

Or, deepen your commitment to protecting Lake Tahoe by joining one of the League’s volunteer programs.
Help us Maximize Donations for Lake Tahoe
For more than 50 years, the first Saturday of August finds us on one of Tahoe’s beautiful beaches for the League’s largest annual fundraising event, the Benefit Fashion Show. This year, we weren’t able to meet in person, so the League, Saks Fifth Avenue and Oscar de la Renta brought the runway into your homes with our first-ever virtual event. If you missed any of the show, you can watch it all on-demand through August 16th at savethelakefashion.com.

Most importantly, we can raise critically needed funds to Keep Tahoe Blue. But we need your help.

Our generous sponsors have pledged to match your donations. When you give to any of our five projects-in-need, one of our sponsors will give just as much, up to totals of $25,000 or $30,000 dollars. 

So please choose the lake-saving project that moves you most, and give generously. Help us ensure we don't leave funds for Lake Tahoe on the table!
DONATE NOW & DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT
Restoration Gaining Momentum:
Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day
Our physically distanced Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day (TFSD) on July 25 was a success! #TahoeBlueGooders safely helped advance restoration of the Johnson Meadow ecosystem on Tahoe’s South Shore. Here are some photos of our volunteers at work, and here is news coverage of the event.

Thanks to volunteer efforts, and to our partners from the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, we stabilized crumbling stream banks, removed invasive plant species, improved meadow habitat and cleared remnants of historic ranching operations. This work is critical to restoring the wetland habitat and preventing sediment from entering Lake Tahoe from the Upper Truckee River. 

Our work during TFSD is helping pave the way for a large-scale restoration project at Johnson Meadow, which is being led by the Tahoe Resource Conservation District. To learn more and sign up for a virtual field tour of the site on August 18, visit tahoercd.org/johnsonmeadow.
Our Advocacy at Work:
Advancing Restoration - Meeks Bay Project Workshop
Meeks Bay in 1960, prior to dredging the natural lagoon to build a marina.
Meeks Bay Marina, after completion in 1968.
The League advances restoration to revive Tahoe’s natural ecological functions. At Meeks Bay, where Meeks Creek enters Lake Tahoe on the West Shore, there is a unique opportunity to improve native habitat for plants and animals, and to bring back natural filtration that removes fine sediments from runoff before they cloud Lake Tahoe’s waters.

The League is one of the key stakeholders helping to guide the development of a restoration plan for Meeks Creek, Lagoon and Bay. It’s vital that the public be informed and involved early in the planning process, so the restoration plan can strike a sustainable balance between environmental health and human use.

We invite you to join the first of three public workshops: 5:30-7:30 pm, Wednesday, August 19 via Zoom. Visit the project website for details - meeksbayproject.org.

There’s no need to wait until August 19 to share your thoughts. Take this short survey and let us know what you think is important for the Meeks Bay restoration project.
Advancing Restoration - Upper Truckee Marsh Update
The Cove East Trail and Sailing Lagoon at the Tahoe Keys today.
Improved Cove East Trail and reconnected marsh/lagoon after restoration.
If you’ve walked the Cove East trail lately, you’ve noticed a makeshift roadway and some large construction equipment along the Tahoe Keys Marina. The roadway leads to the Sailing Lagoon, which is located next to the channel that connects the Marina to Lake Tahoe. The construction work is the start of the California Tahoe Conservancy’s restoration of the Upper Truckee Marsh. The current work includes infilling the Sailing Lagoon in order to convert it back into a functioning wetland, along with improving the Cove East trail.

Later this month, the Conservancy’s work will continue as they construct a series of pilot channels in the meadow surface to redirect the Upper Truckee River into a network of historic stream channels. This part of the project will restore the natural function of the Upper Truckee Marsh by slowing the water flowing to Lake Tahoe, thereby removing sediments before they enter the Lake and cloud its waters.

Click here for a project video, and here to visit the California Tahoe Conservancy’s project homepage.
Combating Pollution - Regional Transportation Planning
Planning for important transportation projects is happening around Lake Tahoe. Each of these projects are important opportunities to improve transportation around Tahoe and protect the Lake’s blue waters from traffic-related pollution. Get informed and be a voice for a clean, clear and healthy Lake Tahoe. Check out the project in your neck of the woods.
WEST SHORE
STATE ROUTE 89 CORRIDOR PLAN

The State Route 89 (SR 89) corridor stretches from the county line at Tahoma to South Lake Tahoe and includes some of the Lake’s most trafficked visitor sites. The combination of heavy recreation travel demand, a lack of non-car travel options and limited parking results in traffic, safety challenges and environmental degradation. The State Route 89 Recreation Corridor Management Plan aims to improve the visitor experience, reduce traffic congestion, enhance safety and protect the environment.

GET INVOLVED:
Provide your feedback on the draft plan for SR 89, or just let the planners know how, when and where you travel along the West Shore corridor, what your experience is like once visiting the area, and what would encourage you to change the way you travel. You can provide feedback until September 13 by emailing Devin Middlebrook at dmiddlebrook@trpa.org.

If you missed past public workshops, you can watch the recorded August 3 webinar here or review a July 22 presentation here. The entire draft plan is here. Learn about the final plan and next steps for implementation at a live webinar, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, September 22; register here.Visit the project website for more information: trpa.org/sr-89.
NORTH SHORE
RESORT TRIANGLE TRANSPORTATION PLAN

The “Resort Triangle” consists of North Tahoe communities both within and outside of the Tahoe Basin, including Truckee and in-Basin areas of Placer County. The Resort Triangle Transportation Plan is a regional effort to improve mobility, reduce transportation impacts on the environment, address traffic congestion and enhance transit services and non-motorized travel choices in the area.

GET INVOLVED:
Visit triangle-transportation.com to watch videos on the project plan, review its key elements or dive deeply into the entire plan itself. You are encouraged to provide your input through Monday, August 17.
EAST SHORE
STATE ROUTE 28 CORRIDOR PLAN

This plan calls for an extension of the successful Incline Village to Sand Harbor multi-use path south to Spooner Summit. Current roadside parking will be replaced with new and expanded off-highway parking and transit stops for future service. The project will also include a permanent watercraft inspection station at Spooner Summit.

GET INFORMED:
Visit the US Forest Service project homepage for in-depth information and planning documents.
Quench Your Thirst for Tahoe
Introducing our phenomenal drinkware gift box by North Drinkware!

The pre-packed set includes two Lake Tahoe pints, two Lake Tahoe tumblers and two Lake Tahoe coasters in a custom-made solid pine box with a laser-etched Keep Tahoe Blue logo. Glasses are handblown with 3D data of Lake Tahoe topography molded into the base of the glass. Wood coasters are laser-cut birch with a cork backing.

We've got a limited supply, so grab this impressive set through our online store today! All proceeds benefit our efforts to #KeepTahoeBlue.
Our team and partners are taking extraordinary steps to make all our events and activities as safe as possible. To see some of the precautions we’re taking to keep everyone who participates safe and healthy, click here.

Tahoe Blue Crews are trained to adopt and protect a favorite spot around the Lake from degradation. This training will get you ready to become a #TahoeBlueGooder.

Help protect while you play this summer and keep your Eyes on the Lake for aquatic invasive plants! You'll learn how to identify and report harmful invasive species while you're out enjoying Lake Tahoe.

The beaches can get thrashed with trash after the popular holiday weekend festivities. Help us keep our beaches clean, from a safe social distance! We provide cleanup materials, you provide your passion for protecting Lake Tahoe.
July 21, Sierra Nevada Ally

Scientists from the Desert Research Institute are teaming up with Keep Tahoe Blue volunteers to learn if dryer vents are a source of microplastic pollution in Lake Tahoe.

July 24, KCRA3

A highly advanced aquatic invasive species containment system is up and running in the Tahoe Keys with the goal of preventing, what scientists say, is the number one threat to Lake Tahoe.

July 30, UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

Turning out-of-control shrimp into dog treats, learning the lake physics of safe paddleboarding and maintaining a long-term data set during a pandemic are just some of the activities that have made for a unique year at Lake Tahoe.

August 5, Sierra Sun

The Nevada Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement on illegal parking along State Route 28 on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe in response to a rash of citations this summer.

Stay Safe & Healthy
Our team at the League to Save Lake Tahoe wishes you health and happiness.
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