Preparations for July 4th weekend taking place at Zephyr Cove and Shoals on July 1


Robotic beach-cleaning, added bathrooms and facilities will transform the site into a “Tahoe Blue Beach” in time for the holiday weekend

ZEPHYR COVE, LAKE TAHOE, Nev., June 26, 2024 – On Monday, July 1, Zephyr Cove and Shoals will see big changes in preparation for the July 4th holiday weekend, which will make it easy for beachgoers to do their part to Keep Tahoe Blue.

The BEBOT, Tahoe’s beach-cleaning robot, will clean the full extent of the beach, leaving a pristine stretch of sand. At the same time, dozens of portable restrooms, handwashing stations, and fencing will be unloaded and installed. Later in the week, signage and trash receptacles will be conveniently placed across the property. Together with other proactive steps, these preparations will encourage recreators to leave the beach as clean, or cleaner, than they found it.

Members of the media are invited to attend, film interviews, and capture b-roll.

These efforts are part of Tahoe Blue Beaches, a program designed to “raise the bar for beach management” launched by the League to Save Lake Tahoe and USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit. The program is being pilot-tested at Zephyr Cove and Shoals in partnership with the site’s concessionaire, Aramark Destinations. Other beaches will also join the program this summer.

WHEN:

8:00 – 11:00 am | Monday, July 1

WHERE:

Zephyr Cove Resort | 760 Hwy 50, Zephyr Cove, NV 89448 (map)

WHO:

Representatives from the USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Aramark Destinations, ECO-CLEAN Solutions, the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and one of the League’s volunteer Tahoe Blue Crews will be available for interviews.

The USDA Forest Service and League to Save Lake Tahoe are aligned with and taking action to implement the Lake Tahoe Destination Stewardship Plan in collaboration with over 20 regional organizations. The award-winning plan, developed with the participation of over 3,000 residents, visitors, and businesses, establishes a shared vision for the region’s outdoor recreation and tourism and encourages everyone to help take care of Tahoe’s cherished communities and environment. Visit www.stewardshiptahoe.org to learn more and read the plan.

WHAT:

The BEBOT, beach-cleaning robot, will comb the sand for bits of hidden litter to create a clean beach leading into the holiday weekend. Aramark Destinations, the operator of Zephyr Cove Resort, will receive and install portable toilets, handwashing stations, and fencing so it is in place for July 4th. This preparation is part of the Tahoe Blue Beaches pilot program. Learn more about Tahoe Blue Beaches here.

WHY:

Beachgoers who arrive to a clean beach are inspired to keep it that way. The beautiful scene will inspire them to take personal responsibility for their footprint and be good stewards of Lake Tahoe. Convenient bathrooms and trash receptacles, which will be marked on maps and signage throughout the property, will make it easy for beachgoers to make the right choice. This holistic approach to beach management is part of the Tahoe Blue Beaches program.

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Media Contact:

Chris Joseph, Communications Director, League to Save Lake Tahoe

cjoseph@keeptahoeblue.org, 530.541.5388 ext.206

The League to Save Lake Tahoe is the donor-funded, science-based organization of environmental experts and Tahoe-lovers behind Keep Tahoe Blue. We have led the protection and regeneration of the Lake since 1957 and remain the central environmental body in the Basin. The Tahoe Basin sits at the nexus of two states, five counties, and dozens of agencies and nonprofits. We are the one organization making sure everyone works together towards the same goal – to Keep Tahoe Blue. Our work is made possible through the generosity of our donors and volunteers. Learn more at keeptahoeblue.org.

Photo courtesy of ECO-CLEAN Solutions.



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