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Divers pull trash, some oddities from Lake Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif.  If you dropped your Blackberry whereas on Lake Tahoe again in 1999, it fairly presumably was recovered by a corporation taking important steps to clear some of America’s lakes of trash.

Dive groups with Clean Up The Lake launched into an effort final May to get well submerged litter round all 72 miles of the lake’s shoreline. They collected 24,797 items of trash, bringing the whole weight eliminated to 25,281 kilos.

Colin West, a filmmaker turned environmentalist, got down to clear up Lake Tahoe by hand, actually. He based Clean Up The Lake three years in the past. Scuba divers choose trash off the underside of the lake by hand: one bottle, one tire and one concrete chunk at a time. It’s slow-going.  

“For a lot of people, what’s out of sight is out of mind, but as a diver underneath the surface, you see the problem and want to do something about it,” West stated.

Despite the winter climate, COVID-19 and wildfire-related challenges, divers have been within the water for 12 months to finish the hassle.

Divers recovered the everyday plastic bottles, cans and different forms of litter, however there have been some oddities.

This photo provided by Clean Up The Lake shows an example of GPS located heavy lift trash items in the fall of 2021, in Lake Tahoe, Nev. They found no trace of a mythical sea monster, no sign of mobsters in concrete shoes or long-lost treasure chests. But scuba divers who spent the past year cleaning up Lake Tahoe's entire 72-mile (115-kilometer) shoreline have come away with what they hope will prove much more valuable: tons and tons of trash.
Clean Up The Lake collected 24,797 items of trash, bringing the whole weight eliminated to 25,281 kilos.
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This photo provided by Clean Up The Lake shows an example of GPS located heavy lift trash items in the fall of 2021, in Lake Tahoe, Nev. They found no trace of a mythical sea monster, no sign of mobsters in concrete shoes or long-lost treasure chests. But scuba divers who spent the past year cleaning up Lake Tahoe's entire 72-mile (115-kilometer) shoreline have come away with what they hope will prove much more valuable: tons and tons of trash.
Divers recovered some oddities.
Clean Up The Lake

Interesting objects discovered

  • Eighties Nikon movie digital camera
  • Cordless home telephone
  • 1979 Incline Village property proprietor ID
  • Sony Walkman with a ‘Tower of Power’ tape inside
  • Pieces of claw-foot bathtub
  • Stapler
  • Vinyl data
  • Garden hose reel
  • Vintage Tahoe Yacht Club flag

“Quite a few different random things that you get a snapshot 20, 30, 40 years ago,” West stated. “It’s funny finding some items every now and then.”

Many folks would possibly initially hear this and instantly assume individuals are disgusting, however West stated, one has to take a look at the truth that everybody is part of the issue. 

“A majority of this litter is accidental,” he stated. “It is existing there just because humans have had a presence in Lake Tahoe for the last 50 to 100 years.”

This photo provided by Clean Up The Lake shows scuba divers during the 72 Mile Clean Up during the winter of 2022, in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
Scuba divers choose trash off the underside of the lake by hand.
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Colin West, founder and executive director of Clean Up the Lake, speaks with reporters at the end of the year-long Lake Tahoe cleanup in Stateline, Nev., Tuesday, May 10, 2022.
Colin West, a filmmaker turned environmentalist, got down to clear up Lake Tahoe by hand.
AP
This photo provided by Clean Up The Lake shows scuba divers during the 72 Mile Clean Up during the winter of 2022, in Lake Tahoe, Nev.
“Quite a few different random things that you get a snapshot 20, 30, 40 years ago,” West stated.
AP

Clean Up The Lake will collaborate with scientific establishments and environmental consultants to review the recovered litter to grasp its influence on Lake Tahoe higher.

The group has even commissioned artists to create a sculpture utilizing some objects recovered from the lake to teach guests about what lies beneath Tahoe’s blue waters.

That’s plenty of trash!

Clean Up The Lake recovered submerged litter round all 72-miles of Lake Tahoe’s shoreline. In whole, they collected 24,797 items of litter, bringing the whole weight eliminated to 25,281 kilos.

Aside from all of the accomplishments, the group has simply scratched the floor. This year, they wish to develop their mission by performing clean-ups throughout 4 lakes. It will embody intensive monitoring tasks on Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake, a circumnavigated clean-up of Fallen Leaf Lake situated inside the Tahoe basin, and an growth to the Mammoth Lakes area for the clean-up of June Lake. 

“I think all of us have to be a little bit more aware that just because we live on this beautiful planet, we have an impact on areas like Lake Tahoe.” 

Despite present help, the group’s tasks require further funding. You can donate here.

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