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JULY 2017 E-NEWSLETTER
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Protecting Tahoe's Shoreline: What will a high lake level and tiny beaches mean for July Fourth?
Keep Tahoe Red_ White _ Blue Beach Cleanups
In recent days, a heat wave added 12 billion gallons of snowmelt to Lake Tahoe, putting it within inches of the high water mark its dam can hold. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are arriving for the July Fourth holiday week, which can put a toll on Tahoe's beaches, many of which are mostly under water.

Do more with your Tahoe adventure: pack out all your trash on the Fourth, and then join us on July 5 for our Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Beach Cleanups to help Tahoe's land managers pick up after the celebrations.  

Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Beach Cleanups
Wednesday, July 5 | 8:30 am - noon
Locations lakewide
 
ADVOCATE
Shoreline plan nears completion
We're expecting record numbers of visitors in the coming holiday week and throughout the summer. Between high water and shrunken beaches, decisions about Lake access are more important than ever.

Negotiations that have stretched for 19 months are nearing an end as Tahoe agencies, jurisdictions, the League and other community stakeholders collaborate to develop a new Shoreline Plan for Lake Tahoe. The plan's overarching goal is to protect the environment and responsibly plan for the future while enhancing the recreational experience along Lake Tahoe's shores.

With just a handful of items left to discuss, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency is hoping to commence the environmental review process in the next couple of months, with an adopted plan expected in 2018.

"We're working closely with all stakeholders including the Tahoe Lakefront Owners Association, Tahoe's marina operators and water recreationists to ensure we find the balance between protecting Lake Tahoe's environment and allowing people the chance to enjoy its beauty," said Jesse Patterson, the League's deputy director. "If the process continues as it has so far, we are hopeful that the plan will be one that all participants can support."
 
EDUCATE
Lake Tahoe license plates support League's 
citizen science
Eyes on the Lake

Through its Plates for Projects campaign, the California Tahoe Conservancy has awarded $20,000 to support the League to Save Lake Tahoe's Eyes on the Lake program. Eyes on the Lake is a citizen science program designed to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species in Tahoe's waters. League scientists and engagement staff train community members on how to identify and report on the presence of aquatic plants found while out enjoying the Lake.

With this summer's high water levels, there is a larger amount of habitat for aquatic invasive plants, making it more important than ever to have community members surveying the Lake.

Get your Tahoe license plate today
You can get involved. Purchase your own Lake Tahoe license plate --- over 96 percent of the funds from purchase and renewal fees for Lake Tahoe license plates are used to build, maintain and protect the trails, water quality, wildlife and forest health of the Lake Tahoe basin.

Join the League for an Eyes on the Lake training to learn how you can protect Lake Tahoe from aquatic invasive species while out recreating on the Lake or its shoreline.

Eyes on the Lake training
Tuesday, July 11 | 2 - 4 pm
South Lake Tahoe
RSVP today

COLLABORATE
Do more with your Tahoe adventure, and escape traffic too
Transportation solutions for Lake Tahoe
Summer is here, and that means beautiful days on the Lake and Tahoe's trails, but it also means summer traffic congestion, and too much car traffic can hurt Lake Tahoe. You can do more with your Tahoe adventure. Ride a bike to your Tahoe destination, or hop on a bus or trolley. Share your adventure with us on Instagram: post a photo of your #CarFreeTahoeAdventure, say where you were and what you did. Add the tag #DoMoreWithYourTahoeAdventure

LAKE TAHOE NEWS
Photo by Scott Sonner, AP
June 23, San Francisco Chronicle  
The process of the Sierra Nevada spring snow melt sped up this week as a heat wave brought triple-digit temperatures to parts of the Western United States.
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Biking to Keep Tahoe Blue
June 27, South Tahoe Now
Staff with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the League to Save Lake Tahoe (Keep Tahoe Blue) took the top prizes in the 2017 Tahoe Bike Challenge, while hundreds of Tahoe youth rode in increasingly large bike-to-school events.
Read more

DOUBLE YOUR IMPACT TODAY
Dollar for dollar, your donation today to support Keep Tahoe Blue will be matched by Jack Johnson's All At Once initiative, up to $2,500
Jack Johnson_s  All At Once initiative will double your donation

Lake Tahoe's fragile ecology can't protect itself, which is why we are grateful for support from Jack Johnson's All at Once initiative. Through July 31, All at Once will double your donation to support our programs to Keep Tahoe Blue. Every dollar counts:

$25 trains an Eyes on the Lake volunteer to survey and report on aquatic invasive species.
$50 removes 20 pounds of cigarette butts, plastic water bottles and other litter from Lake Tahoe's shoreline.
$250 provides Tahoe-based science education for 50 local students, Lake Tahoe's future protectors

P.S. For every gift of $250 and above made during the month of July, we will send you one of our super plush Keep Tahoe Blue beach towels as a thank you gift.

MERCH OF THE MONTH
Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Sticker
Keep Tahoe Red_ White _ Blue

Lake Tahoe is a national treasure, and there's nothing more patriotic than protecting our natural heritage for this and future generations. Be part of the solution and help Keep Tahoe Blue and litter free this Fourth of July and every day. Get your Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Sticker today. Together, we can Keep Tahoe Blue.