Divers Complete Underwater Cleansing Of Lake Tahoe’s East Shore; 72 mile effort continues …
INCLINE VILLAGE – An extraordinary effort to retrieve thousands of pounds of trash around the 72 miles of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline has reached its first significant milestone. A SCUBA diving team of professionals and volunteers led by the nonprofit Clean Up The Lake completed the underwater cleanup of the eastern shore of Lake Tahoe, removing 9,281 pieces of trash weighing 8,122 pounds.
These efforts were made possible through a $ 100,000 donation from Project Sponsor Tahoe Blue Vodka, 135 donors from the Tahoe Fund, including Vail Resorts, and other grant-making foundations.
“Some of the dirtiest places we’ve cleaned so far are areas like Deadman’s Point full of boat wrecks …”
Colin West, founder of Clean Up The Lake
To date, divers have covered 22.55 miles of shoreline since the clean-up began at Edgewood on Lake Tahoe’s south shore on May 14th. Cans, golf balls, tennis balls, and other items were also found. Some of the most unique finds include an Incline Village owner’s ID from the late 1970s, a rubber snake, a geocache box last found three years ago by another volunteer diver, and a wireless walkman attached to a belt buckle was.
Passionate about Lake Tahoe
“Our team of professional and volunteer divers traveled as much as possible to keep our efforts on track. To date we have completed 27 days of diving, ”said Colin West, founder and CEO of Clean Up The Lake. “Some of the dirtiest spots we’ve cleaned so far are areas like Deadman’s Point full of boat wrecks broken into hundreds of pieces, parts of the East Shore where people hang out, and the rocks near the shore collect aluminum cans , Plastic bottles and other rubbish stuck in the rocks for decades. We expect to learn a lot more about how the rubbish beneath the surface of Tahoe is distributed as we drive around the lake for the rest of the year. “
“The sheer amount of rubbish that has been recovered from this first stretch of coast alone is incredible,” said Matt Levitt, founder of Tahoe Blue Vodka, whose award-winning liquor is made from the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe. “Every time I go diving with the team, the value and impact of this unprecedented cleanup is moving. I hope it serves to raise awareness of the negative effects of litter on the lake and the ecosystems that inhabit it. From day one, a portion of the proceeds from Tahoe Blue Vodka has been used to support ongoing efforts by organizations committed to protecting beautiful Lake Tahoe for future generations to enjoy. “
The work continues …
Divers will continue the cleanup throughout the summer and fall and expect to be completed in November 2021 if weather and conditions permit.
“Supporting such projects is at the core of our mission. It is amazing how much trash has surfaced such a short distance, and it is clear that the positive impact on Lake Tahoe will be significant by the time this effort is completed, ”said Allen Biaggi, chairman of the board of the Tahoe Fund. “This effort would really not have been possible without the enormous support of the individual and corporate donors, who have generously contributed.”
The project was funded by contributions from the Tahoe Fund from more than 135 companies and individuals who donated to the cause, including an initial $ 100,000 match offered by Tahoe Blue Vodka. Additional financial support came from Vail Resorts, the Nevada Division of State Lands Lake Tahoe License Plate Program, and other charitable trusts.
Learn more about the project and how you can volunteer for diving at www.tahoefund.org.