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Meet some of our Tahoe Blue Crew leaders and learn more about why they are involved! 


Lauren  Castro - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. Cottonwood Cleanup Crew

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. October of 2021.

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. So many reasons... the fresh mountain air, summers spent in the lake, endless hiking and backpacking, and of course, LOVE Tahoe tap water :)

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. I've only led one cleanup so far, so I am sure things will get crazier. But so far, frozen towels and single shoes.

Q. What do you find the most of?
A. Cigarette butts and food wrappers.

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. I would love for the tourists to be more aware of how precious this town is, and if the town continues to get trashed, Lake Tahoe will not be the wonderful place people love to visit. A little respect goes a long way!



Joe  Hill - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. Our name is the IVGID Blue Crew to signify our District’s commitment to the community of Incline Village and Crystal Bay.

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. I was initiated as a Crew Leader in May of 2020.

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. I love Tahoe because it’s home to me. I grew up here and have spent the majority of my life here. The best part about living here, besides the feeling of being a spoiled local, is that it acts as a terrific home base for exploring the West Coast.

Q. Why did you adopt your area?
A. I adopted the area around our office since it collects debris from the highway and nearby activities, plus it gives me something to do on my walks.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. The craziest thing I’ve found is an oversized circular plastic sled that was as tall as I am.

Q. What do you find the most of?
A. The type of thing I seem to find the most lately is small pieces of plastic – bottle caps, fragments from who-knows-what, and shredded water bottles.

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. I wish people in Tahoe would take more time to understand how public services are provided and how they protect our community. It takes a lot of energy, labor, and determination to keep our lights on, water running, and day-to-day services functional and efficient. 



Morgan Edwards - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. SOS Outreach Blue Crew.

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. SOS has been partnering with Keep Tahoe Blue for years. We now run our Blue Crew year-round since last November.

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. Tahoe is a beautiful and very special place that offers me a new amazing adventure with each day. From snowboarding and paddle boarding, to backpacking trips and hikes with my dog, it is a beautiful place to live year-round.

Q. Why did you adopt your area?
A. The youth in our program saw a need to keep it clean. They volunteer because stewardship is important and they love their home and take pride in taking care of it. Trash and pollutants make everyone sad and the only way to Keep Tahoe Blue is if everyone pitches in and does their part.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. So many things! We've found toys, scrap metal pieces from automobiles, an engine, really old soda cans, a toilet, a safe, and lots of masks.

Q. What do you find the most of?
A. Masks and other PPE equipment, small pieces of paper, to-go containers, cans and bottles, and SLED PIECES.

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. I wish people knew that there isn't a paid organization of people who clean up after them, that the trash they leave is often picked up by locals who care and volunteers who want to protect the lake. And also that all of the trash they make in one beach day from things they haul into our community stays here. We do not have a landfill or the capacity to deal with all of the unnecessary trash that is made by thoughtless individuals who waste excessively.  I wish people were more aware of the negative impact that over-tourism has.


Kerry Andras - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. NTBA Clean Up Days

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. June of 2021

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. I love the natural beauty, ample outdoor recreational opportunities, and most of all the amazing community.

Q. Why did you adopt your area?
A. Kings Beach is where I live, work, and play. I love this town, and want to take care of it.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. I found a bunch of old rusted mattress springs in the woods above Kings Beach and hauled them out with a wagon.

Q. What do you find the most of?
A. Little corners of food wrappers. And masks.

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. I just wish everyone would cherish and respect this fantastic place that we call home.


Tiffany MacLaughlin - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Matt - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. Tahoe Yacht Club Blue Crew

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. Spring 2021. Our first cleanup was July 6, 2021.

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. My husband has had a family home on the West Shore since the 1950s. Being invited to his family’s home 25 years ago was my first experience at Lake Tahoe.  Even being born and raised in Sacramento, Lake Tahoe was not a place I ever spent time. Being married for 22 years now, we spend quite a bit of time at the Lake and our sons have had Tahoe summer jobs, also. Lake Tahoe is restorative with the wide open blue skies and crisp fresh air (when there’s no smoke), and ample outdoor activities – on the water and off – that offset our hectic lives.

Q. Why did you adopt your area?
A. KTB reached out earlier this year and explained the Covid-19 impacts on the basin and requested financial help from individuals. It occurred to me that financial donations are good, but nothing gets done without people doing something, and we have a membership of great people at the Yacht Club. So I asked our commodore at the time, Bill Krivan, if I could reach out to our membership to form a Tahoe Yacht Club Blue Crew and received his immediate support. Our club now has an environmental activities crew that participates in various projects throughout the basin which support our mission: to engage our membership in activities that help to preserve Lake Tahoe for future generations.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. When starting our first cleanup, we were surprised that there were not any really large pieces of garbage lying around. But we had two hours to pick up garbage, so we looked a little closer and found LOTS of little garbage – 60 pounds worth of little pieces of garbage we couldn’t even see when we started! 60 pounds of trash in two hours – that’s crazy!

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. Pack it in pack it out to keep this place beautiful. 


Matt Franzino - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Matt - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. Greater Commercial Lending

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. 2019

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. I have been coming here since I was a couple years old. Our daughter was born here. It's just a very special place for my family.

Q. Why did you adopt your area?
A. I wanted to pick a large tourist area. They seem to have the most trash and we could provide the most impact.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. A historic Pepsi can.

Q. What do you find the most of?
A. Cigarette butts and small pieces of plastic/paper. 

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. Pack it in pack it out to keep this place beautiful.


Nancy Ng - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Nancy Ng - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. I'm working on this…

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. October 2020.

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. It's home. It's one of the world's most beautiful places, with great snow, wilderness, and lake activities.

Q. Why did you adopt your area?
A. It's right next to work. I can get my coworkers to join me for cleanups.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. A lost engagement ring!

Q. What do you find the most of?
A. Cigarette butts and plastic food wrappers.

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. Every little bit helps. So if each person would pack out what they pack in, and pick up at least one or two items they see around, it would help preserve the quality of our lake and its surroundings.


Katie Biggers - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Katie Biggers - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. NLTRA (North Lake Tahoe Resort Association) Blue Crew.

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. June of 2021.

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. This place is unrivaled in its diverse natural beauty: the towering sugar pines and white firs, the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra, down to the crystal clear, blue waters of Tahoe! As a skier, SUPer and a Lacrosse coach, being able to enjoy all of these wonders and have tri-sport days truly can't be beat!

Q. Why did you adopt your area?
A. We have a couple different areas that we have adopted: Tahoe City, Kings Beach State Park and the west shore. We are doing cleanups at times surrounding events and busy weekends in the region. We want to do our best to mitigate the impact of everyone who comes to enjoy Tahoe.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. The amount of cigarette butts that we find is just appalling. Next to that, dirty diapers are definitely up there. That just blows my mind!

Q. What do you find the most of?
A. At the beaches, there are so many little juice box straws/plastic pieces. And then I would say, cigarette butts and cans.

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. Leave it better than you found it!


Tara Dobyns - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Tara Dobyns - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. The Al Tahoe Trio. If no one else is available, it’s me, myself and I.

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. Started picking up litter here in December 1997. I started volunteering with the League in 2014 and joined the Blue Crew at inception back in September 2019.

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. How can you not love the Lake??? It is the most perfectly beautiful spot on earth. It has the best of everything: water, mountains, flora, fauna, sky and sun.

Q. Why did you adopt your area?
A. This is the neighborhood I live in and it is a very high tourist traffic area. I love showing off our town and the attitude the residents have about taking good care of our treasured home.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. Nothing too crazy, but I’m working on building a car from all the little parts I find on the streets.

Q. What do you find the most of?
A. Bits and pieces of snack food wrappers are ubiquitous, and the cigarette butts drive me mad as they seem to be carelessly tossed anywhere.

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. I wish they realized the fragility of the environment.


Katie Riley - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Katie Riley - Tahoe Blue Crew Leader

Q. What is your Crew name?
A. Friends of Sierra Tract. We are a group of friends who live in (or close to) the Sierra Tract neighborhood (in South Lake Tahoe), and get together to keep it clean.

Q. In what year/month were you initiated?
A. Our Blue Crew was officially initiated in September 2020. I also started a Blue Crew for my company, Environmental Incentives, back in September 2018 to maintain the beach area around our office.

Q. Why do you love Lake Tahoe?
A. Lake Tahoe is full of natural beauty and incredible outdoor access. I love that I can go for a hike or mountain bike ride right from my back door. I love that I can hike in the mountains and paddle on the Lake in the same day. I think Lake Tahoe is a truly special place in the world.

Q. Why did you adopt your area?
A. During the COVID shutdown last year, my husband and I took a LOT of neighborhood walks. We started noticing that the area behind Jalisco's and Whiskey Dicks was accumulating a lot of garbage, and decided that we should get our friends together to clean it up. Trash attracts more trash, so we try to have pretty regular cleanup events and keep them fun for our friends/volunteers.

Q. What is the craziest thing you've picked up?
A. We pick up all kinds of surprising items! Clothing, car parts, toys, old construction fencing, styrofoam (even though it is banned in the City of South Lake Tahoe).

Q. What do you find the most of?
A. We mostly find a lot of food containers and cigarette butts - small garbage that people probably don't think much about, but that together add up to a big impact.

Q. What do you wish other people knew about protecting Lake Tahoe?
A. Volunteering to help Keep Tahoe Blue doesn't have to be a big time commitment. Even just an hour of picking up garbage in my neighborhood makes me feel great, and it is a fun way to get together with friends while giving back to the community.

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