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A bumper sticker is nice, but here’s a way to really show love for Lake Tahoe

L.J. Bottjer
Photo by Flavia Sordelet A father and daughter spend last year's Coastal Cleanup Day at Lake Tahoe.
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Join millions of others Saturday, Sept. 17, for the 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day. Held across the world, concerned citizens will bag the trash that threatens the natural beauty of oceans, seas, lakes, beaches, meadows and ponds.

Lake Tahoe needs volunteers to collect marine debris from the northern, southern and eastern beaches and their surrounding areas in both California and Nevada.

The action starts at 9 a.m. from a variety of locations.

From South Lake Tahoe’s Regan Beach, volunteers will embark out to 15 areas in need of some tender loving care according to Clean Tahoe Program’s Ellen Nunes. The organization has a dedicated mission “to improve the visual environment in South Lake Tahoe through proper litter and trash management and public education.”

She is hoping to add at least 100 more volunteers to those who came out in 2010. Volunteers are required to wear closed-toes shoes and long pants, and a pair of work gloves are recommended. Garbage and recyclable bags will be provided.

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Blackwood Canyon Meadow is a prime example of where help is especially needed.

Long hailed as an ideal spot for plein air artists the meadow also is a natural water filtration system for the lake.

However of late Nunes noted it has been discarded engine blocks, car batteries and televisions and not just stunning vistas that have been found there.

It is not just on the land that trash accumulates.

Due to the wind’s west to east breezes, “we find lots of debris hidden there,” said Madonna Dunbar of the rocks and boulders near Incline Village to Sand Harbor and further east.

Dunbar, who doubles as the Resource Conservationist of the Incline Village General Improvement District Waste Not and as the executive director of Tahoe Water Suppliers Association, is asking kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders to join in the cleanup.

The group will meet at the Incline Village Recreation Area.

The collection of the trash goes beyond just cleaning the environment. Contents are logged and achieved into a database owned by the Ocean Conservancy. The complied numbers make a big effect.

“Some people think if just their soda can float away there is no big deal, but now multiplying it with millions of others and the numbers talk,” said Dunbar.

Nunes agreed with her observation of the immense number of cigarette butts collected on the beaches.

“Not the kind of butts we want to see, obviously,” she said.

Another hosting agency will be the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Flavia Sordelet, the League’s Environmental Center and outreach coordinator, is excited that Lake Tahoe is part of such a worldwide environmental program.

She invites everyone from children to seniors to come to the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.

Corporate America is joining the beautification treatment in the form of the “green team” of Incline Village’s Hyatt Regency. Comprised of employees, it typifies Hyatt’s global incentive to be part of the community according to the hotel’s director of human resources, Randi Lintner.

“It is a perfect partnership,” she said.

Gifts such as stainless steel water containers and a pizza party in South Shore will be available in appreciation for volunteers’ time.

So will the sunlight dancing upon the sparkling trash-free waters of Lake Tahoe.


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