In May of 2021, a team of scuba divers went out on a mission to collect submerged trash from Lake Tahoe. They completed the clean-up of the lake project on May 10th of 2022. To read more about this program and all that they were able to do to keep Lake Tahoe looking beautiful click here. The highlights are listed below.
What is the Clean up the Lake Program?
A group of divers come together and swim in the lake grabbing out all the submerged trash. With donations from businesses including $100,000 from Tahoe Blue vodka, they were able to dive for over a year.
“While the dive team has removed many expected and unexpected items along the way, ultimately what we hope people remember is the length that one group of individuals was willing to go in order to protect their home and their planet.” – Collin West, Founder of Clean up the Lake
What Kind of Trash was Found?
This year alone the divers removed over 24,797 pieces of litter, bringing the total weight removed to 25,281 pounds. (Source)
As divers circumnavigated the lake, they recovered not only plastic bottles, cans, and other “typical” litter, but items that included engagement rings, 1980’s Nikon film cameras, entire lamp posts, “no littering” signs, lost wallets, a blackberry cellphone, and so much more. (Source)
What is Next for The Program?
The Clean up the Lake Program has announced that they will be doing more clean-ups as soon as next week. The program will continue to monitor Lake Tahoe while doing the clean-ups for Fallen Lake and the Mammoth Lake region.
Additional funding is always appreciated. Visit www.cleanupthelake.org/donate to help this great program.
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Source: The Tribune. “Clean up the Lake Completes 72-Mile Underwater Clean-up of Tahoe.” Serving Lake Tahoe, TahoeDailyTribune.com, 10 May 2022, https://www.tahoedailytribune.com/news/clean-up-the-lake-completes-72-mile-underwater-clean-up-of-tahoe/.