A Stewards of Stormwater event in Incline Village on Saturday saw more than 50 children as well as other volunteers place 41 metal markers on storm drains that dump directly into Lake Tahoe.
While at it, they also picked up 40 pounds of litter on neighborhood streets.
The event was hosted by League to Save Lake Tahoe in partnership with Tahoe Family Solutions’ Camp Explore, Incline Village General Improvement District, Nevada Tahoe Conservation District and Washoe County.
The metal markers placed on the neighborhood storm drains read, “Keep Tahoe Blue — No Dumping.”
Many communities around Lake Tahoe have outdated storm drain systems that discharge directly into the lake, so washing automobiles or dumping household wastes into the drains can have impacts on water quality and public health.
“One of the easiest and most effective ways to be proactive about keeping Tahoe blue is to not dump anything into storm drains. The Stewards of Stormwater program is a great way to mobilize communities, and we are grateful for our collaboration with Incline Village organizations to help us do this important work,” said Marilee Movius, community engagement manager for League to Save Lake Tahoe.
Sharon Silva, director of Camp Explore, said the project was a perfect fit for that group and its children.
“It fits perfectly with our mission of educating kids about stewardship of the outdoors. It will also allow the kids to become experts on a component of keeping Tahoe blue and to then share that information with their families and neighbors,” Silva said.