The Tahoe Fund announced that Vail Resorts has contributed $25,000 in support of its campaign to remove trash around all 72-miles of Lake Tahoe with Clean Up The Lake. The project will be completed by a SCUBA dive team of professionals and volunteers that will begin in Spring 2021. Vail Resortsâ€™ donation, generated by $1 guest donations from lift ticket and season pass sales, brings the project closer to meeting a $100,000 match provided by Tahoe Blue Vodka.
â€œHaving the support of Vail Resorts for a project of this magnitude is amazing,â€ said Amy Berry, Tahoe Fund CEO. â€œThis project started as a grassroots effort that has quickly grown legs thanks to Tahoe Blue Vodkaâ€™s matching donation. Vail Resortsâ€™ donation puts us that much closer to achieving the plan to remove trash around the entirety of Lake Tahoe.â€
Lake Tahoe has long been known for its clarity, but it has been hiding a dirty secret beneath the surface. Thousands of pounds of trash are breaking apart and impacting the lakeâ€™s aquatic habitats.
When this project gets underway, a team of divers will work to recover trash that has been accumulating untouched under the surface of the lake for decades.
â€œOur employees and our guests care deeply about doing what we can to help care for Lake Tahoe and the greater community,â€ said Deirdra Walsh, vice president and general manager of Northstar California Resort. â€œSupporting this project is not only a terrific way to put funds raised through our guest donation program to work, but it will give our employees an opportunity to volunteer next summer to help with the hands-on cleanup effort.â€
â€œWe are incredibly grateful to the Vail Resorts team for stepping up with such a tremendous contribution to help make this project happen,â€ said Colin West, founder and executive director of Clean Up The Lake. â€œThis project is showing the power of partnership when we all come together for the love of Lake Tahoe.â€ The estimated project cost to clean up Lake Tahoe is $225,000. Learn more about the project, how to donate, and how to volunteer on dives at www.tahoefund.org.