Volunteers step up to keep litter down
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Tahoe In Depth |
Chris Joseph |
Dec 20, 2020
Overflowing trash cans. To-go boxes half-buried in the sand. Bottles and cigarette butts dumped at trailheads. When you think of Lake Tahoe, this isn’t what comes to mind. But it’s a sad reality. Every year, recreation sites around the basin are flooded with litter. In normal years, land managers, seasonal employees, and volunteers fight an unending battle with trash.
The number of Blue Crews grew from 18 to nearly 90, working together to remove more than 5,000 pounds of litter from Mount Rose to Meyers.
The fruit of their labor is a relatively litter-free Tahoe, like you picture it. 2020 has been far from normal, and excessive litter has been a side effect.