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Tahoe Blue Crews hit the beaches to combat litter at Lake Tahoe
The League to Save Lake Tahoe has been hosting regular cleanup events around Lake Tahoe for years and dedicated community members have shown up in droves to help keep litter from wrecking our Jewel of the Sierra. But with 75 miles of shoreline and hundreds more miles of trails and neighborhood streets there is a lot of ground to be covered. Every piece of litter in the Tahoe Basin will eventually end up in its cobalt waters if it is not picked up. Land managers simply do not have the resources to keep up with the constant pressure, but there is help.

Since 2014 the League has been supporting passionate community members looking for ways to remove trash from Tahoe's environment by giving them the tools to conduct safe and effective cleanups while also gathering data for solutions. All of the data collected from both League cleanups and "community cleanups" has already lead to litter solutions (2015 plastic bag ban and 2018 Styrofoam ban in the City of South Lake Tahoe and the more recent Basin-wide cigarette disposal canister program). The data has also identified trash "hot spots" where more frequent and focused attention is needed.

Enter Tahoe Blue Crew .

"By bringing together the passion and dedication of the Tahoe community with land managers in need, a scientific approach to cleanups and an eye towards solutions we can stop the constant assault of plastic pollution and other litter on our beaches" explained Marilee Movius, the League's community engagement manager.

Several Tahoe Blue Crews are already out on patrol, getting trash out of Tahoe while arming the League with powerful data to make a change. You can join the movement and make a difference too!

Tahoe Blue Crew Leader Trainings are taking place every month around Lake Tahoe. Find the next training here or contact us at to get started on your own Blue Crew.
Cigarette disposal canister program update
It's been one month since the League launched its cigarette disposal canister program in partnership with Tahoe Water Suppliers Association. Now with nearly 100 canisters installed around Lake Tahoe and Truckee, the program is starting to keep cigarette litter off our beaches and out of our pristine waters. Sand Harbor State Park has nine canisters installed, and in one month collected 2,420 cigarette butts. League staff recently serviced the canisters and met with State Park staff to assess how the program is going so far. All signs point to success!

There are still more canisters available for distribution around Lake Tahoe. If you know of an area in need of some cigarette litter help or own a business and would like to have a canister outside your location you can request a canister at
Lake Tahoe news
Microplastics are found in Lake Tahoe's waters for first time ever
August 26, Los Angeles Times
Scientists have detected microplastic pollution in Lake Tahoe's deep blue waters for the first time. Now they are trying to determine its source and potential harm to the lake's flora and fauna.

Climate change, wildfire risk highlighted at Lake Tahoe Summit
August 22, Sierra Sun
Hundreds gathered on the lawn at Valhalla Tahoe this week to hear from members of congress and the governors of California and Nevada about the threat of wildfires and climate change to the Tahoe Basin.

League to Save Lake Tahoe Fashion Show is true blue at 50
August 14, San Francisco Chronicle
Fifty years ago this month at the inaugural League to Save Lake Tahoe fashion show, 100 guests paid $15 per ticket for an alfresco fashion show and picnic-table box lunch. 

UC Davis TERC releases 'State of the Lake' report on Lake Tahoe August 3, Tahoe Daily Tribune
Lake Tahoe, with its iconic blue waters straddling the borders of Nevada and California, continues to face a litany of threats related to climate change. 

Keep Tahoe Blue Labor Day Cleanup
Monday, September 2 | 8:30 am - noon
Kings Beach State Recreation Area, North Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Blue Crew Leader Training
Monday, September 2 | 10 - 11 am and 1 - 2 pm
Kings Beach State Recreation Area, North Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Blue Crew Leader Training
Wednesday, September 4 | Noon - 6 pm
League to Save Lake Tahoe offices, South Lake Tahoe

Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day - Fall
Saturday, September 21 | 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Upper Truckee River at Johnson Meadow, South Lake Tahoe

4th Annual Ski Movie Keep Tahoe Blue Fundraiser w/ Matchstick Productions 'Return to Sender'
Tuesday, October 8 | 6:30 - 10 pm
San Francisco, CA

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