EXPLORATION OF SUBMERGED LITTER BY LAKBED SUBSTRATE LAKE TAHOE NV
The Nevada Terrain Trap Project is an effort to explore how the lake’s bathymetry affects litter accumulation. Our current data analysis from the 72-mile cleanup indicates an increase in litter accumulation in rocky areas and drop-offs. We aim to understand how the litter moves and where it accumulates while removing litter and collecting data.
UNDERWATER WALLS, BASINS & CHANNELS
Data analysis from the 72-mile clean-up shows a correlation between litter accumulation patterns and lake bed substrate type. There were numerous collection sites off of popular beaches and recreation areas where our team expected to find significant litter accumulation in the 0-25ft zone. When these popular areas coincided with primarily a sandy lakebed, we discovered that less litter was present. This project will allow our team to explore deeper areas to explore the potential for underwater litter transport and deposition in terrain trap features.
DATA COLLECTION & COMPARISON
Working with our environmental scientist & team, we will compare and analyze trends in litter accumulation rates, transport, collection in these bathymetric features, and more to better understand the submerged litter issues in Lake Tahoe.