Success Stories



The League to Save Lake Tahoe held its second bi-annual Basin Blitz this spring to assess progress in improving Lake Tahoe’s stormwater infrastructure (pipes, drains and sediment-catching basins). These features flow directly into Lake Tahoe and carry fine sediment pollution from our roads and neighborhoods into the lake, further degrading its clarity. "Without periodically assessing our stormwater infrastructure, we have…

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[caption id="attachment_4241" align="alignleft" width="321"] Volunteers remove conifers that are crowding the meadow environment.[/caption] Volunteers and team members from the League to Save Lake Tahoe, along with staff from the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, restored native wetland habitat in Johnson Meadow on Saturday, July 25, continuing work started in 2019. Teams stabilized crumbling stream banks, removed invasive plant species and cleared remnants…

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Last year, Desert Research Institute (DRI) and the League to Save Lake Tahoe detected microplastics in Lake Tahoe for the first time ever, many of which were microfibers. This discovery revealed that microplastic pollution is not just present in oceans, but also in mountains and lakes, including highly protected areas like Lake Tahoe. [caption id="attachment_4188" align="alignleft" width="356"] In 2019, League…

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Carson Now | Kelsey Penrose | Jul 8, 2020 [caption id="attachment_4242" align="aligncenter" width="325"] Volunteers for the League to Save Lake Tahoe gathered almost 500 pounds of trash on July 5, 2020 at cleanups around the Lake. PC: Kelsey Penrose[/caption] Despite COVID-19 keeping many from Tahoe beaches this season, somehow it didn’t seem to stop the trash from accumulating, but it also…

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In partnership with the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association, UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), Tahoe Fund and Take Care Tahoe, Raley’s in Incline Village has become the first major Tahoe area business to encourage their customers not to buy single-use water bottles. Instead, the grocer is asking its patrons to consider purchasing DRINK TAHOE TAP branded reusable Klean Kanteen…

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Barton Hospital, Clean Tahoe & Take Care Team Up for Trash Clean-up Despite the COVID-19 crisis, people continued to come to Tahoe, even though many recreation sites and facilities were closed. With so many trash cans locked and services on-hold, Clean Tahoe has been working hard to keep our communities clean and litter-free. Two weeks ago, Clean Tahoe organized a…

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Friday evening brought thunder claps and patchy showers to Lake Tahoe, adding to the flow of streams and rivers the following day as 40 participants collected water quality samples across Tahoe’s South Shore as part of Snapshot Day. This citizen science water quality monitoring event takes place every May and provides a moment-in-time look at the water quality and environmental…

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Our native animals are living in our trash! With more and more long-lasting trash ending up in our environment, SWEP found it important to highlight this crisis through a student-created native animal art project with our sustainability club students to address plastic pollution and the litter epidemic in the Lake Tahoe region. This art project involved papier mache animal heads…

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