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Clean-up at Lake Tahoe a success

by Andy Bourelle

Early results from the Sept. 19 California Coastal Cleanup Day show about 130 volunteers helped rid the Lake Tahoe Basin of 3,252 pounds of trash and 222 pounds of recyclable materials.

“We had a pretty good turnout. Normally we get about 150 volunteers, and we had close to that this year,” said Mike Pape, the cleanup’s El Dorado County coordinator. “It was pretty impressive. Overall, the beaches seem to have gotten cleaner each year.”

With 70 percent of the results in, the California Coastal Commission reported that 39,449 volunteers statewide collected 424,345 pounds of trash and 39,606 pounds of recyclable materials.

Lake Tahoe volunteers collected trash on Nevada, Pope, Baldwin, Kiva and Reagan beaches. Two dive groups collected trash in Lake Tahoe and Fallen Leaf Lake, and two teams worked on the meadows around Trout Creek.

Pape said the two biggest areas – and new this year – of collection were the meadow by Blackwood Road and Tamarack Avenue and the underwater site near the marina at Fallen Leaf Lake.

Wood pallets, couches and other trash filled four truck loads from the meadow.

Neal Melton of the Fallen Leaf Lake dive group said volunteers there collected cans, bottles, screw drivers, fishing line, anchors, paper, even a life jacket and basically “you name it” from under the water.

“Everyone had a great time,” Melton said. “I can’t wait until next year, because there’s still a lot that needs to be done.”

Last year, 159 volunteers gathered 808 pounds of trash and 344 pounds of recyclable materials in Lake Tahoe. In California, almost 50,000 volunteers collected 700,000 pounds of trash and recyclable materials from 600 sites last year.

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