Clean Up The Lake, renowned for their 72 Mile Cleanup project, announced the inauguration of their groundbreaking Environmental Dive Center (EDC) at Lake Tahoe. Situated in Incline Village, the EDC represents a transformative initiative in the battle against litter and aquatic invasive species (AIS) in and around Lake Tahoe.
“Clean Up The Lake is dedicated to creating a more sustainable future through advocacy, preventative action, and an evolutionary educational program based at the environmental dive center,” says Founder & CEO Colin West.
With a grand opening date set for August 17th, 2023, the EDC will offer a unique blend of environmental curriculum and traditional SCUBA certifications. Aspiring divers will not only receive world-class SCUBA instruction from PADI Instructors but also learn about crucial environmental subjects. Courses will cover submerged litter issues in freshwater and marine environments, AIS survey techniques, and conservation dive programs used by Clean Up The Lake.
The EDC’s first certified students were members of The Washoe Tribe of NV & CA, emphasizing the center’s commitment to sharing vital skill sets and bolstering environmental programs within the community. The Environmental Dive Center will serve as the epicenter for all Clean Up The Lake initiatives, including lake remediation, cleanup projects, and advocacy efforts such as the 2nd annual Lake Tahoe Litter Summit.
The Environmental Dive Center’s doors will open on August 14th, 2023, welcoming all enthusiasts, volunteers, interested divers, and partners during its open hours. Together, the community now has a resource to protect Lake Tahoe’s clarity from microplastics, litter, AIS, and more for generations to come. The EDC promises to be a beacon of hope and education, paving the way for a cleaner and more sustainable future in the majestic Eastern Sierra region.