Local agencies are kicking off an Adopt-a-Beach-Tahoe program with a party at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Wednesday.
The program lets people adopt a stretch of Lake Tahoe beach to clean up, similar to the adopt-a-highway program.
The effort follows the settlement of a fireworks lawsuit that Joan and Joseph Truxler filed against Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority. The lawsuit was filed after allegedly large amounts of fireworks debris washed up on beaches in Marla Bay last year.
The program will coordinate regular beach cleanup dates from June 15 to Sept. 15, with volunteers collecting debris, recording what they collect and depositing debris at designated locations. Signs posted at beaches will recognize the groups volunteering to clean them up.
Wednesday’s launch party at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course is 5-6 p.m.
Groups spearheading the Adopt-a-Beach-Tahoe program include South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority, Douglas County, the League to Save Lake Tahoe and the U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.
South Lake Tahoe City Manager Nancy Kerry said agencies are asking people and service clubs to do what they said they would do when the South Shore feared it might lose its twice-annual fireworks shows because of the lawsuit over debris left behind from the shows: Volunteer to help clean it and other trash up.
The program is open to any service club, group, business, family or individual.
“We’ll be taking on one,” Kerry said about city employees, “and we’re asking service clubs to join us and take on others.”
Agencies are also launching a new website for the program, www.adoptabeachtahoe.com.