TAHOE CITY, Calif. (News 4 & Fox 11) — Lake Tahoe has long been known for its clarity, but it has been hiding a dirty secret beneath the surface.
Thousands of pounds of trash are breaking apart and impacting the lake’s aquatic habitats.
The Tahoe Fund announced Tuesday, Dec. 8 that Vail Resorts has contributed $25,000 in support of its campaign to remove trash around all 72-miles of Lake Tahoe with Clean Up The Lake.
The project will be completed by a SCUBA dive team of professionals and volunteers -- it will begin in the spring of 2021.
When this project begins, a team of divers will work to recover trash that has been accumulating under the surface of the lake for decades.
Vail Resorts’ donation, generated by $1 guest donations from lift ticket and season pass sales, brings the project closer to meeting a $100,000 match provided by Tahoe Blue Vodka.
Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund CEO says,
Having the support of Vail Resorts for a project of this magnitude is amazing. This project started as a grassroots effort that has quickly grown legs thanks to Tahoe Blue Vodka’s matching donation. Vail Resorts’ donation puts us that much closer to achieving the plan to remove trash around the entirety of Lake Tahoe.
The estimated project cost to clean up Lake Tahoe is $225,000.
“Our employees and our guests care deeply about doing what we can to help care for Lake Tahoe and the greater community,” said Deirdra Walsh, vice president and general manager of Northstar California Resort. “Supporting this project is not only a terrific way to put funds raised through our guest donation program to work, but it will give our employees an opportunity to volunteer next summer to help with the hands-on cleanup effort.”
To learn more about the project, how to donate, and how to volunteer on dives, visit the Tahoe Fund website.