Keep an eye on your inbox and @keeptahoeblue on social media next week for an exciting announcement. We think it'll get you moving 😉.
Atmospheric Rivers, Snowpack & Tahoe's Lake Level
After a walloping series of nine atmospheric rivers hit Tahoe over the past few months, snowpack measurements in the Central Sierra soared as high as 213% of average for the time of year (before settling to a modest 186%), and Lake Tahoe's water level rose by more than a foot and a half! That is a lot of precipitation.
CA snowpack. Feb 6, 2023.
Lake Tahoe elevation chart. Dec 10, 2022 - Feb 17, 2023.
We won't know if this winter is a drought-buster for the West until around April, yet we can look forward to Lake Tahoe being fuller and colder this summer than it was last year. Until then, enjoy the snow... but make sure you do so responsibly.
Tahoe provides a buffet of outdoor winter activities, but that fluffy, fun, frozen stuff you're enjoying will not clean up after you. When you're skiing, snowshoeing or sledding, make sure all your trash comes home with you. And if you find litter, pick it up and pack it out. If we all don't do our part, that trash will come back to haunt us – and Tahoe's beaches and trails – when the snow melts in spring.
Thank You to Our Donors & Supporters
Thanks to mail delays caused by the wild weather this winter, our team at the League is still receiving envelopes with your generous donations post-marked from way back in December 2022!

Thank you so very much for generously supporting the League, our team and the mission we all share: to Keep Tahoe Blue. You make it all possible.

You don't need to wait until December to support a clean, clean Lake Tahoe.
In Case You Missed It:

Check out this video celebrating the League's 65th anniversary. Supporters like you made six decades of Lake protection possible.
Photo: @JessieJeanPhotography
Levi's x Keep Tahoe Blue: A Natural Fit
The League had a unique opportunity to collaborate with one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most iconic brands to help Keep Tahoe Blue.

Together with Levi Strauss & Co., we created a limited-edition Keep Tahoe Blue Trucker Jacket that celebrates our shared love for Lake Tahoe and raises funds to support the League’s lake-saving work. You can get your very own through our store while supplies last.
“From fires to flooding, we have a responsibility to support organizations that are working to preserve and protect the natural environment of California,” said Kylie Grader, Levi’s advocacy and communications manager.  

To date, sales of the limited-edition Keep Tahoe Blue Trucker Jacket have raised over $70,000 for the League’s conservation efforts! 

The League to Save Lake Tahoe acknowledges that its offices and work exist within the aboriginal homelands of the Washoe Tribe of NV and CA.

Before they were forcibly removed from their ancestral home, the Waší∙šiw or Washoe People were the original stewards of Lake Tahoe and surrounding lands since time immemorial and have continued to play a significant role in the preservation and protection of the Tahoe Basin.

We respect and are inspired by the Washoe Tribe’s legacy and profound stewardship of the Tahoe Basin. The League is honored to work with the Washoe Tribe of NV and CA to protect this special place today and for generations to come.
"lew dáɁaw geyéćišɁé∙sha"

In the native Washoe language, Keep Tahoe Blue translates to lew dáɁaw geyéćišɁé∙sha, meaning together, we make the lake not dirty. There is no better description of how residents and visitors can protect this special place, given in the voice of the Washoe.

A Pair of Wins for Lake-Friendly Transportation
Earlier this week, the City of South Lake Tahoe, CA and Douglas County, NV committed to providing significant funding for Lake Link, the south shore's free, on-demand microtransit service that the League helped negotiate, fund and launch in July 2022.

  • South Lake Tahoe pledged $200,000 to keep Lake Link running, plus an additional $662,500 toward expanding the service area to cover the entire city limits. Read more here.

  • Douglas County will send $520,000 to support the microtransit service, fulfilling a funding commitment made in a 2020 county resolution. Those funds apply mostly retroactively, as well as through July of this year. In the coming months, Lake Link's organizers will go back to the County for funding beyond July 2023.

Lake Tahoe News
‘People are pissed’: Palisades Tahoe revives controversial development plan
January 27 | SF GATE
A development project in Olympic Valley, first proposed in 2011, has resurfaced after losing a legal challenge. Read why the League opposes the project.

LISTEN: Millions of people visit Lake Tahoe each year. Is that sustainable?
February 15 | KNPR
Jesse Patterson from the League discusses whether this level of tourism is sustainable in an area that is so ecologically sensitive. 

Washoe Tribe signs agreement to co-manage lands with California State Parks
February 17 | Tahoe Daily Tribune
The agreement restores tribal access to aboriginal lands, and establishes co-management of resource projects, interpretative signage and cultural areas.

Epic ski season means epic waits as traffic backs up for miles around North Lake Tahoe resorts
February 9 | Reno Gazette Journal
Tahoe and Truckee-area residents are used to battling tourist traffic. But this winter, the traffic is unlike any year before, leaving residents to grapple with how to handle the influx of visitors each weekend.

Placer County Tahoe Plan code changes encourages redevelopment; community concerns expressed
February 5 | Sierra Sun
Placer County is proposing changes to its Tahoe Basin Area Plan that are meant to encourage development in town centers. The proposed changes hold both promise and concern for environmental groups.

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