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Lake users clean up

Photo Courtesy of Cozette SavageOne of the youngest volunteers at the area beach cleanup poses last Saturday. More than 30 volunteers took to area beaches to tidy up after a busy summer.
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Lake users, residents and environmentalists gathered for the Lake Tahoe Cleanup day last Saturday, as part of a continuing effort to keep the area clean from pollution.

More than 30 people who participated collected trash from Kings Beach and others beaches around the lake. Volunteers started arriving around 9 a.m. at the recreational park in Kings Beach, and also at Sand Harbor, Whale Cove, Chimney and Hidden Beach.

The goal of the volunteers was to collect as much trash as they could to keep it out of the lake. For that they were greeted with a breakfast, and then equipped with gloves and trash bags.



Incline Village resident Andrea Lackoeicova, who participated on the cleanup day, explained that this was the perfect opportunity that she found to give back to the lake a little of what it has given to her all summer long ” and that was the feeling of many others.

Lackoeicova, who collected trash at Speedboat beach, complained that her group did not carry enough bags for the amount of trash that they found.



“There was more trash than I imagined, and was able to carry,” she said. In her opinion, community gather events like the cleanup day should be held in the Tahoe area more often, especially during the peak tourist seasons, when locals could help set a good example for environmental and lake stewardship.

“The majority of trash found in Lake Tahoe beaches at Coastal Cleanup Day is small in nature, but can pose a threat to beachgoers and wildlife safety,” said Cozette Savage, the operational manager of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, the organization who sponsored the cleanup.

“Broken glass is obviously harmful to those wishing to enjoy the beach and cigarette butts can cause digestive problems if eaten by wildlife,” she said.

Savage also noted that cigarette butts are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic, which can take years to decompose.

Cleanup days are becoming more popular every year, and in South Lake Tahoe, the number of volunteers and trash collected was much more significant with 1,500 pounds of garbage collected from Tahoe’s shores, and more than 100 volunteers over the weekend as part of Coastal Cleanup Day.

“Only on the North Shore Cleanup we collected approximately 130 pounds of trash, and approximately 15 pounds of recyclables,” Savage said.

All types of garbage collected were recorded, with the data being entered every year in the tracking records by the International Coastal Cleanup, which hosts cleanups all over the world.

Visit http://www.keeptahoeblue.org or http://www.oceanconservancy.org to learn more about our lakes and oceans conservancy.

Did you know it takes:

20 years for a plastic bag to decompose,

250 years for a plastic cup to decompose,

500 years for an aluminum can to decompose;

and 5 years for this newspapers to decompose.

“-www.uppergwynedd.org

An opportunity for Placer County residents to dispose of defensible space yard waste for free ” and be active in their community environmental conservancy acts ” will be held on Saturday between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.. Organizers recommend volunteers bring tree limbs, brush, pine needles and leaves to Dollar Hill, Homewood South Lodge or North Tahoe Regional Park for free disposal. For more detailed information and list of acceptable debris contact your local fire department.


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