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CITIZEN SCIENCE IN ACTION

The League creates opportunities for anyone and everyone to protect the Lake they love. Here are some of the things our citizen scientist volunteers have been doing lately to Keep Tahoe Blue.
AQUATIC INVASIVE WEED SURVEYS
One of the League’s primary campaigns is to tackle invasive species - to prevent weeds, shellfish, fish, and other invaders from harming the Lake’s water clarity and quality. You may recall our ongoing work to address the aquatic weed infestation in the Tahoe Keys.
In September, League staff and our Eyes on the Lake citizen scientist volunteers conducted aquatic invasive weed surveys in Spooner and Donner lakes. Boaters, anglers, and paddlers frequently move between Donner, Spooner, and Lake Tahoe, so it’s essential to determine if harmful invasive weeds are present and need to be removed.

We’re happy to report that both Donner and Spooner are free of invasive weeds!

Many thanks to our partners: Nevada Division of State Lands, Nevada State Parks, California State Parks, Loch Leven Lodge, and the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District.
TAHOE FOREST STEWARDSHIP DAY - FALL
Ecosystem restoration work continued at Johnson Meadow during the fall edition of Tahoe Forest Stewardship Days. The restoration project, led by the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, seeks to reinvigorate this wetland ecosystem's natural function.
As you may know, Tahoe’s marshes and meadows act as natural pollution filters that remove fine sediments from runoff before they enter Lake Tahoe and degrade its clarity.

The League is proud that our team and passionate volunteers can contribute to advancing restoration of Tahoe's environment.

Our important work is only possible with your support. Please consider giving to Keep Tahoe Blue.
A Blue Halo Around Lake Tahoe
We talk a lot about our Tahoe Blue Crew program - we just can’t help it. It’s been incredible to see this program grow from a humble adopt-a-beach initiative to a full-fledged movement. There are now more than 70 trained and active Crews who have adopted areas all over Tahoe to keep clean and litter-free. Look at all those blue dots!

In 2020, our Crews have conducted more than 250 cleanups and removed over 3,500 pounds of trash from the Tahoe environment!

Check out this interactive map to see the areas adopted by our Crews, including statistics on how many cleanups have been conducted and the amount of trash removed.

Our ultimate goal is to have every square inch of the Tahoe Basin adopted by a Blue Crew.
Tahoe's Trash Pickup Challenge
Throughout September, community members pulled on their gloves and got down and dirty - combating pollution across the Lake Tahoe Basin as part of Tahoe’s Trash Pickup Challenge.

This special, month-long event called on folks to be part of the solution to Tahoe’s unfortunate litter problem. Scores of volunteers got involved. They participated in organized events, hosted ad hoc cleanups, and ventured out in their spare time to collect litter. Importantly, they also gathered data on the types of trash they found and the amounts.
The data they submitted is still being tabulated, yet the final tallies will help us better understand Tahoe’s litter challenges, so our policy experts can advocate for solutions. You can help by being a #TahoeBlueGooder.

Those who shared photos or data were entered to win a range of fantastic raffle prizes, including a snowboard courtesy of the Jamie Anderson Foundation! Our sincere thanks to everyone who participated, especially Clean Tahoe, Incline Village Waste Not, and the Jamie Anderson Foundation who coordinated and co-hosted the event.
Gearing Up for Winter
Fall is creeping into Tahoe. Winter is soon to follow. As you begin to think about reserving dates to get on the mountain, include carpooling and alternative transportation in your ski season planning.
During the winter, traction materials, plows, and massive volumes of ski and snowboard traffic pummel Tahoe’s roads. The debris that’s generated is then flushed into the Lake when it rains or the snow melts. That fine sediment pollution is the number one threat to Tahoe’s clarity.

You can help prevent Lake pollution by leaving your car at home. Or if you must drive, park the car once you get to Tahoe and use alternative means of getting around. Your actions this winter will pay dividends next summer when you take that first leap into Tahoe’s chilly waters.
Winter traffic pollution
Want to help improve transportation in Tahoe? Review the draft Lake Tahoe Regional Transportation Plan. Then use this interactive map to provide your feedback on any of the plan's features by October 25.
Join our team for a conversation about Lake Tahoe in 2020 and what's being done to protect it.
A special spotlight will be given to Nevada on October 8 and California on October 13. RSVP here to join us virtually on either date.
Just like our world, Lake Tahoe is changing. Our commitment to Keep Tahoe Blue is not.
Join us for the League's 63rd Annual Meeting. RSVP by October 16. Members will vote during the meeting, therefore admittance requires current membership status. If you would like to renew your membership, please make a gift today.
Tahoe Weekly | Sept 14
The League and other scientific, environmental, and community organizations focus on cleaning up and spreading awareness of the threat from microplastics.

Reno Gazette Journal | Sept 15
Together, we Keep Tahoe Blue
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