September 2, 2019 8:30 am
Kings Beach State Recreation Area, North Lake Tahoe
Keep Tahoe Blue launches new ‘Tahoe Blue Crew’ program to turn action into solutions for litter
WHAT: The League’s annual Keep Tahoe Blue Labor Day Beach Cleanup this year will also serve as a training ground for future Tahoe Blue Crew leaders through two free and fun trainings during and after the cleanup event.
WHO: Community members and Tahoe lovers of all ages and skill levels are welcome for both the clean-up and Tahoe Blue Crew leader trainings. Businesses, community groups and organizations are also encouraged to attend the Tahoe Blue Crew leader trainings.
Partners for the cleanup event include Arcade Belts and California State Parks.
WHEN: Beach Cleanup | Monday, September 2 8:30am – noon
Tahoe Blue Crew leader training | Monday, September 2, 10 – 11am and 1 – 2pm
WHERE: Kings Beach State Recreation Area, North Lake Tahoe
WHY: After the busy summer season many of our beaches and trails are thrashed with trash. Land managers often do not have the resources to keep up and appreciate the help. Other locations do not have anyone taking care of them. Litter on our land and beaches ends up in our Lake where it can harm wildlife and ruin the scenic natural beauty in Tahoe that we all love. Plastics in particular are a problem as they remain in our environment forever. These plastics (including cigarette butts) need to be removed from the land before even more end up in our Lake. Microplastics were just found in Lake Tahoe’s waters for the first time. We need solutions now and data to inform those solutions.
Tahoe Blue Crew does just that. Data collected by Keep Tahoe Blue volunteers since 2014 has led to solutions like; a plastic bag ban in the City of South Lake Tahoe (2015), Styrofoam ban in CSLT (2018) and the implementation of a cigarette disposal canister program (2019). Tahoe Blue Crews will provide the data needed to implement more solutions throughout Tahoe.
VISUALS: Committed volunteers removing litter from our beaches, sorting and counting the items so we can use the data to advocate for solutions. Lots of cigarette butts and plastic pieces (micro-trash). League staff training new Tahoe Blue Crew leaders and setting them up with their cleanup kits to hit the shores of Tahoe year round.
Tahoe Blue Crew informally launched in September 2018 with a few League to Save Lake Tahoe Core Volunteers and some local businesses. These trainings on September 2 kick-off the full launch of the program with a series of Blue Crew leader trainings monthly all around Lake Tahoe. The goal is to have all of Tahoe’s shoreline, trails and communities protected by a dedicated Blue Crew. Join the movement!