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Lake Tahoe's popularity may be its downfall, but scientists think tons of junk could save it

Added 05-15-22 05:04:02pm EST - “Scientists will use 25,000 pounds of junk collected along Lake Tahoe's 72 mile shoreline to learn more about the potential harms caused by pollutants.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “Lake Tahoe's popularity may be its downfall, but scientists think tons of junk could save it”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

STATELINE, Nevada — They found no trace of a mythical sea monster, no sign of mobsters in concrete shoes or long-lost treasure chests.

But scuba divers who spent a year cleaning up Lake Tahoe's entire 72-mile shoreline have come away with what they hope will prove much more valuable: tons and tons of trash.

In addition to removing 25,000 pounds of underwater litter since last May, divers and volunteers have been meticulously sorting and logging the types and GPS locations of the waste.

The dozens of dives that concluded this week were part of a first-of-its-kind effort to learn more about the source and potential harm caused by plastics and other pollutants in the storied alpine lake on the California-Nevada line.

It's also taken organizers on a journey through the history, folklore and development of the lake atop the Sierra Nevada that holds enough water to cover all of California 14 inches deep.

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