Volunteer Programs

Volunteer programs help educate and engage the community. The League hosts numerous volunteer events throughout the year. Interested in volunteering to help Keep Tahoe Blue? Fill out our short online registration form to get involved. Check our events page frequently for the next opportunity.

Eyes on the Lake is a volunteer program in which water recreationists report information about locations of aquatic invasive species. Swimmers, boaters, snorklers, SCUBA divers and fishermen are all welcome to join the effort. Please register today to receive information on upcoming training dates.

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Want to help protect Lake Tahoe’s legendary clarity and keep pollution out of the Lake? Like getting your hands dirty while enjoying majestic views of the mountains? If you answered yes, you may have what it takes to become a Pipe Keeper!

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Tahoe Forest Stewardship Day

This annual event takes place in the fall and engages hundreds of volunteers in an effort to promote forest health and fire prevention. Previous events helped restore forests in the Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe, Gondola Fire area near Stateline, and at various state parks and public lands. Check our events page for this year’s date and location.

The League hosts beach cleanups throughout the summer as well as every September in honor of the national Coastal Cleanup Day, which has been a huge success year after year. Lake Tahoe’s beaches need attention throughout the summer season. Regular cleanup days keep our beaches clean and healthy for everyone to enjoy. Trash and debris that litter the beaches of Lake Tahoe can be harmful and even fatal to wildlife, damage the local economy, pose a human health hazard, as well as contribute to Lake Tahoe’s clarity loss. The League partners with local land agencies to implement beach cleanups in areas of high recreation use.

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Aquatic Weed Removal

The League partners with the Lake Tahoe AIS Working Group on invasive aquatic weed removal. The program consists of volunteers placing bottom barriers in waterways infected by Eurasian watermilfoil, which is considered a noxious aquatic weed. Volunteers have an opportunity to learn about the numerous AIS that have been introduced into Lake Tahoe, including Asian clams, Eurasian watermilfoil, curly leaf pondweed, and warm water fish; how these species interact with Lake Tahoe aquatic ecosystem; and how they can Keep Tahoe Blue by helping to keep the destructive quagga and zebra mussels out of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Check our events page for dates and locations.

Terrestrial Weed Removal

The League hosts numerous volunteer invasive weed pull events. Volunteers will have an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the ecology and native plant diversity of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Volunteers are educated on how to properly identify and remove invasive weeds. In addition, volunteers learn about the ecological problems that invasive weeds cause, such as reducing biodiversity, impacting the water cycle, increasing soil erosion, and decreasing wildlife habitat. Check our events page for dates and locations.

Storm Drain Marking

The League hosts volunteer storm drain marking events throughout the summer to educate and engage the public about protecting our waterways from illegal dumping of wastes into the Lake Tahoe watershed. The communities around Lake Tahoe have outdated storm drain systems that discharge directly into the Lake and its tributaries. Washing automobiles and dumping household wastes into the storm drain system can have substantial impacts to water quality and public health. Marking storm drains with “Keep Tahoe Blue – No Dumping” metal markers helps to keep pollutants out of Lake Tahoe’s environment. Check our events page for dates and locations.

Snapshot Day

Snapshot Day takes place every May with the goal of connecting the community with its watershed. Volunteers fan out across Lake Tahoe to take water samples, and create a snapshot of one moment in time of the water quality of streams and rivers flowing into the lake. Volunteers field test streams for dissolved oxygen, total dissolved solids, pH and temperature; collect water samples for laboratory analysis of turbidity, nutrients, and bacteria; and conduct visual habitat assessments of the sites. The information gathered by volunteers is compiled into long-term data sets on water quality conditions within the watershed. It is also intended to provide baseline data that could be used in ongoing and future environmental projects.

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