A bumper sticker is nice … but hereandamp;#8217;s a way to really show your love for Lake Tahoe
LAKE TAHOE andamp;#8212; Join millions of others Saturday for the 27th annual International Coastal Cleanup Day, when concerned residents world-wide will bag the trash that threatens the natural beauty of oceans, seas, lakes, beaches, meadows and ponds.Lake Tahoe needs volunteers to collect marine debris from the northern, southern and eastern beaches and their surrounding areas in both California and Nevada. The action starts at 9 a.m. from a variety of locations.One example of debris build-up can be found within the rocks and boulders that form a perimeter around the lake in Incline Village to Sand Harbor and further east.Due to the windandamp;#8217;s west to east breezes, andamp;#8220;we find lots of debris hidden there,andamp;#8221; said Madonna Dunbar, resource conservationist for Incline Village General Improvement District Waste Not.Dunbar, who also is executive director of Tahoe Water Suppliers Association, is asking kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders to join in the cleanup. The group will meet at the Incline Village Recreation Area on Saturday.Trash collection goes beyond just cleaning the environment, Dunbar said. Contents are logged and achieved into a database owned by the Ocean Conservancy. The complied numbers make a big effect.andamp;#8220;Some people think if just their soda can float away, there is no big deal, but now multiplying it with millions of others, and the numbers talk,andamp;#8221; Dunbar said.Ellen Nunes of the South Shore-based Clean Tahoe Program agrees, using her observation of the immense number of cigarette butts collected on the beaches as another example.andamp;#8220;Not the kind of butts we want to see, obviously,andamp;#8221; Nunes said.Clean Tahoe Program has a dedicated mission andamp;#8220;to improve the visual environment in South Lake Tahoe through proper litter and trash management and public education.andamp;#8221;Nunes is hoping to add at least 100 more volunteers this Saturday, to those who came out in 2010. Volunteers are required to wear closed-toes shoes and long pants, and a pair of work gloves are recommended. Garbage and recyclable bags will be provided.Blackwood Canyon Meadow, a natural water filtration system for the lake that has been long hailed as an ideal spot for plein air artists, is a prime example of where help is especially needed, as the meadow has been riddled of late with discarded engine blocks, car batteries and televisions.Another hosting agency thus Saturday will be the League to Save Lake Tahoe and Flavia Sordelet, the leagueandamp;#8217;s environmental center and outreach coordinator, who is excited that Lake Tahoe is part of such a world-wide environmental program.She invites everyone from children to seniors to come to the Kings Beach State Recreation Area.Furthermore, Corporate America is joining the beautification treatment in the form of the andamp;#8220;green teamandamp;#8221; at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village. Composed of employees, it typifies Hyattandamp;#8217;s global incentive to be part of the community, said Randi Lintner, the hotelandamp;#8217;s director of human resources.
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