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Volunteers sought for post-July 4 Tahoe trash clean-up

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Volunteers picked up plenty of cigarette butts, beer cans and other trash over the Fourth of July weekend in 2014 at Lake Tahoe beaches.
Courtesy League to Save Lake Tahoe |

On Tuesday, July 5, hundreds of community members and visitors will gather at beaches around Lake Tahoe for one of the largest shoreline cleanup events of the year, organized by the League to Save Lake Tahoe.

As has become the norm in previous years, after Lake Tahoe’s famous July 4th celebrations, the lake’s beaches are thrashed with trash, which can hurt wildlife and lake clarity.

Many beaches have land managers who start early to remove trash after the festivities, but they still appreciate volunteer help as the beaches will be heavily impacted.

While beachgoers are always encouraged to pack out what they pack in, the League to Save Lake Tahoe will once again coordinate its “Keep Tahoe Red, White and Blue Beach Cleanups,” this year on Tuesday, July 5.

During last year’s clean-up, volunteers picked up 1,600 pounds of trash, including 5,266 pieces of plastic such as caps, bottles, utensils, and straw, as well as a whopping 4,053 cigarette butts.

And, on July 5, 2014, volunteers and staff collected and sorted nearly 2,300 pounds of debris — including more than 3,000 cigarette butts, 1,200 cans, 800 glass and plastic bottles, and 320 plastic bags.

Volunteers wanting to help in this year’s event are encouraged to RSVP at keeptahoeblue.org/july5. Raffle prizes, refreshments and cleanup supplies will be provided.

Partners coordinating the effort include the U.S. Forest Service, Tahoe City Public Utility District, California State Parks, California Land Management, city of South Lake Tahoe and Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority.

The following beaches will be where efforts are focused from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Tuesday: Kings Beach State Recreation Area Beach in Kings Beach; Commons Beach in Tahoe City; and Kiva Beach/Taylor Creek Beach, Regan Beach and Nevada Beach on the South Shore.

The following businesses and organizations have sponsored this year’s beach cleanup sites: Bakpocket Products, Lake Tahoe Humane Society, Lake Tahoe KOA, Montbleu Resort Casino & Spa, Tahoe City Kayak and Northstar California Resort.