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CURRENT ORGANIZATIONAL STATS

total trash collected

71.299 LBS

TOTAL LITTER WEIGHT COLLECTED (2018 - Present)

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63, 487 LBS

TOTAL LITTER WEIGHT COLLECTED
(UNDER SURFACE)

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7,812 LBS

TOTAL LITTER WEIGHT COLLECTED
(ABOVE SURFACE)

miles

123.43 Miles

TOTAL UNDEWATER MILES CLEANED

volunteer-hours

12,696

TOTAL VOLUNTEER HOURS

scuba-diver

415

TOTAL CLEAN UP DIVES

About Us

Our mission is to activate local communities to join us in taking action to protect the environment, both above and below the surface.

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Lake Tahoe

Through data collection, collaborating with environmental scientists, and extensive research dives we have discovered a submerged litter issue beneath the surface of Lake Tahoe. To tackle this issue we perform scuba clean ups and implement litter mitigation strategies that include signage, litter art sculptures, youth education and generate awareness through a strategic media approach. Our organization also performs aquatic invasive species surveillance, and reports observations to state and federal agencies for remediation.

The Sierra Nevada

Through a series of pilot research dives we found that the submerged litter issue is present in lakes throughout the Sierra Nevadas. Our organization takes a similar approach to our work in Tahoe to other nearby communities and Lakes in need. To date this has included Fallen Leaf Lake, Donner Lake, Echo Lake, June Lake, Convict Lake, the Mammoth Lakes region and others.

Belize

Where our founder originally was inspired to clean up the plastic and performed research trips and beach clean-ups in 2018. 

ANNUAL PROGRAMS AND PROJECTS

Our NPO’s flagship project, The 72 Mile Cleanup, was the first ever human-powered circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe using SCUBA, and was the largest ever litter-clean up in Lake Tahoe’s history. To date we have expanded our work to numerous lakes across the Sierra Nevada. We engage in programs that include terrestrial and aquatic litter cleanups with data collection and analysis, aquatic invasive species surveillance, youth education, conservation dive training and projects targeting litter prevention. Please click the link below to find out more information about our current programs and projects.

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How You Can Help

Litter is a big problem, but there’s lots of ways you can help make an impact:

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"Clean Up the Lake. That's the name, but more importantly the rallying cry, of a nonprofit in the Lake Tahoe area."

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