RESEARCH DIVE CONCLUSIONS
Significant litter issues were seen under the surface in the 0-25 foot zone of June Lake. Comparisons of recreational litter were seen from areas such as Donner Lake and Lake Tahoe yet included significant amounts of glass bait jars, bottles and beer cans. We concluded CUTL’s approach to circumnavigated lake clean ups would be effective here.
CIRCUMNAVIGATED SCUBA CLEAN UP OF JUNE LAKE
June Lake is in Mono County, California. It is located against the southern rim of the Mono Basin, 12.5 miles south of Lee Vining at an elevation of 7,654 feet. With a circumference of about 3 miles, Clean Up The Lake’s dive team will begin it’s circumnavigated clean up in Summer 2022; removing all litter items from 0-50 pounds that are found in our path of 0-25 feet. Our teams will also collect data discussed below in the Environmental Survey portion of our clean up.
Our non profit will perform the new standard of Clean Up The Lake’s environmental survey which includes GPS & photographic documentation of: heavy lift litter items needed to be removed/salvaged, hot spots for litter accumulation, unknown or potentially historic items to report to the state, invasive species presence, algal bloom development.
MAMMOTH LAKES BASIN PILOT RESEARCH
Doing our first year’s work or first step into pilot research on Lake Mamie, Lake George, Lake Mary and Twin Lakes to determine litter issues and possible invasive species issues. The results from this research will guide our focus of work within these lakes for years to come; with the most support in helping us plan the lake wide clean up for each lake the very next year.