League members get their feet wet
The League to Save Lake Tahoe is taking a proactive approach to protecting the jewel of the Sierra, and sometimes that means actually getting out into the water for a hands-on lesson in conservation.
But Lake Tahoe can get cranky, and often can take care of itself.
“It was really rough out there today, and not many people wanted to get in,” said LSLT Communications Director Kirsten Cannon. The League was scheduled to host a recreation retreat on Saturday, as about 20 people were to depart from the Camp Richardson Marina in kayaks and paddle about a mile toward Emerald Bay.
Discussion during breaks in the trip were to include lake clarity and how to enjoy Lake Tahoe’s low-impact recreation opportunities.
But Old Blue wouldn’t exactly cooperate. High waves and chilly temperatures sent most of the explorers home before they started.
There will be several other such events in the coming weeks, however. The League often hosts free recreation retreats, where people can learn about different aspects of Tahoe’s abundance of wildlife and other natural resources.
“The kayak trips are an important part of what we do,” Cannon said. “It shows people that there are fun alternatives to Jet Skis. Also, people learn a lot about the lake’s water clarity and how that is impacted by development and runoff.
“They say that about 4,000 pounds of sediment gets into the lake every year, and that is due mostly to erosion, and the loss of the wetlands,” she said. “The wetlands are a natural filter that prevents phosphorus from getting into the lake, which feeds algae.”
The retreats are also a good opportunity for people to get accustomed to new outdoor experiences.
“I’ve kayaked before, but I wouldn’t call myself a veteran,” said Derek Kauneckis, who is visiting from Indiana. “I’m here because it’s a beautiful day, and I want to enjoy the water.”
No official word on whether Kauneckis braved the elements.
The League to Save Lake Tahoe represents the Tahoe Basin before legislative bodies, including Congress and the California and Nevada legislatures, to assure that lake protection programs are adopted and funded. It also promotes research and public education on lake protection. Information about other LSLT events: (530) 541-5388.
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