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WHEREAS, Clean Up the Lake is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight back against plastic and all forms of pollution in our global environment, both on land and under the surface of local waterways; and

WHEREAS, as a world-class outdoor recreation destination, litter and other pollutants have accumulated in Lake Tahoe’s popular nearshore areas, impacting the natural environment, water quality, lake clarity, and visitor experience; and

WHEREAS, in 2021, Clean Up the Lake launched a historic effort to clear out litter and other debris from Lake Tahoe’s entire 72-mile nearshore waters in Nevada and California, after completing a pilot project in 2020 that removed over 2,000 pounds of trash from just six miles of the lake; and

WHEREAS, Clean Up the Lake successfully completed the underwater cleanup project across the entire Nevada side of Lake Tahoe removing nearly 13,000 pounds of trash and debris from the nearshore, including hundreds of cans, tires, plastic bottles, and more; and

WHEREAS, Clean Up the Lake’s tremendous efforts carried out over the last three years underpin the largest-ever underwater clean-up initiative at Lake Tahoe, with funding provided by multiple public and private partners each year – including more than $130,000 in Lake Tahoe License Plate grants awarded through the Nevada Division of State Lands; and

WHEREAS, notably, Clean Up the Lake was the first nonprofit to receive a Lake Tahoe License Plate grant following the passage of Assembly Bill 93, signed by Governor Sisolak in 2019, which allows nonprofits to apply for and receive license plate grants; and

WHEREAS, along with removing submerged litter, Clean Up the Lake is working with scientists and environmental consultants to identify the most common types and sources of waste found in lakes to help inform litter prevention strategies and management solutions; and

WHEREAS, efforts to protect and preserve the natural environment in Lake Tahoe and beyond are more pressing than ever, considering the widespread impacts of climate change and the ever-increasing demand for outdoor recreation; and

WHEREAS, Clean Up the Lake encourages all Nevadans and visitors to be part of the solution to keep our public lands and waterways clean, healthy, and vibrant by following ‘Leave No Trace’ principles, recreating responsibly, and participating in environmental cleanups and stewardship activities; and

WHEREAS, Clean Up the Lake and its partners are true environmental champions, committed to protecting Lake Tahoe’s natural environment and elevating the beloved basin’s celebrated outdoor heritage;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim April 18, 2022, as

CLEAN UP THE LAKE DAY IN NEVADA

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 15th day of April 2022.

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