Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Keep Tahoe Blue

We've all seen the bumper stickers "Keep Tahoe Blue". Why the stickers you may ask? Well if you have ever visited Lake Tahoe you would know the famous emerald blue color of the lake makes people fall in love with the place. The cause behind the bumper sticker is to support keeping the lake from losing it's emerald blue color. Our environmental choices as well as animal and plant species invading the lake could one day change the color to a muddy brown. Just within the last two years scientists have discovered an Asian Clam and algae from the genus Zygnema. These two species are new developments in the lake that could change our once famous Lake Tahoe into a muddy colored swamp similar to other Sierra lakes.
The algae is said to be caused from fecal flowing into Marla Bay located on the southwestern shore of the lake. The Zygnema algae is not unusual to see every year, but the algae normally disappears. This summer is the first time the algae has stayed around the shoreline.
The Asian Clams have been around since 2002, as referenced in an article on the Tahoe Daily Tribune "Marla Bay algae invasion is a mystery". Tahoe researchers and conservationist are attempting to build a vessel that could possibly remove the clams from the lake. Hopefully this vessel will be in action soon enough to remove the clams and relocate them to a new habitat.

Information below on how you can help:

On the www.keeptahoeblue.org website they have a take action portion that lists out 10 things we can do to prevent the lake from losing it's emerald blue color. Check out the link below.

10 things you can do

They even have a support link where you are able to make donations to the cause.

Donations

Add a bumper sticker to support the cause or even a new license plate to your car.

Bumper stickers and license plates

Be sure to be kind to the environment when you visit Lake Tahoe. We don't want to be apart of the history that changes the beautiful emerald blue color to muddy brown.

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