Beach Cleanup Personal Essentials
- A hat or cap
- Sun glasses
- Reusable water bottle
- Comfortable shoes (Please, no open sandals/flaps and no bare feet)
- Comfortable clothing that allows bending and movement (Layers in case of rain or inclement weather)
- Wear Gloves
- Bring snacks and beverages, if so desired
How You Can Keep Tahoe Blue at the Beach
- Leave your car behind: Bike, walk, take a bus or carpool. Excessive auto use degrades air quality and contributes to the decline of Tahoe’s clarity.
- No butts: In 2016, the League to Save Lake Tahoe documented picking up 14,907 cigarette butts from Tahoe’s beaches. Butts in the sand can take up to 25 years to break down but never actually decompose. They are also poisonous to animals that try to eat them. Put extinguished butts in a trash can or hold on to them until you can.
- Jump on the bag wagon: Plastic bags pollute waterways and can entangle or kill animals. South Lake Tahoe has banned the use of single-use plastic bags in grocery stores, so bring your own bag when you shop.
- Animal etiquette: Pick up after your pet to prevent algae growth and disease that could make your dog sick. Be sure the location you are visiting allows dogs before bringing your furry friends.
Avoid feeding wildlife. Feeding causes birds to hover overhead, increasing bird waste and creating a nuisance.
- Be a good neighbor: Respect fellow beachgoers by keeping noise to a minimum and packing out your trash. Make a difference and leave your spot cleaner than when you found it.
When you have cleaned your beach, quit for the day and pat yourself on the back for a job well done! If you find little or no debris on the beach, that’s great, but your job may not be over quite yet. Record even the little amount of debris that you have collected on your data card and submit it to your group coordinator. The information is important for Lake Tahoe beach cleanup statistics.
Remember, floatable trash is persistent and may wash ashore another day. You can always be a good beach steward by bringing a trash bag with you whenever you visit a beach. Educate family and friends about Adopt A Beach and ask them to volunteer!