Eyes on the Lake: Protect While You Play

Eyes on the LakeWhile you are out paddling, why not do a little detective work as our Eyes on the Lake. Eyes on the Lake is a volunteer program to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive plants in Tahoe’s waters that hurt our pristine waters and clog our gear.

And, you’ll get a cool sticker too.

Curlyleaf pondweed[2]

Curlyleaf pondweed

The two main targets of the Eyes on the Lake program are curlyleaf pondweed and Eurasian watermilfoil, which are already established in several locations throughout the Lake, and are difficult and expensive to control.

These weeds clog recreational equipment, degrade shoreline beauty, and impede views of the Lake’s bottom.

Milfoil is a common aquarium plant that was first introduced to the Tahoe Keys decades ago.

Eurasian watermilfoil[2]

Eurasian watermilfoil

It has now spread to dozens of locations throughout Tahoe by hitching a ride on boats.

If you want to help ensure Tahoe’s waters stay clear and pristine, then Eyes on the Lake is for you. Volunteers learn how to identify plants in the classroom and in the field.

How to participate:

Become a certified Eyes on the Lake volunteer.

Register for and attend one of our FREE training sessions, where you will learn how to:

  • Identify aquatic invasive plants,
  • Complete simple surveys while you are enjoying Tahoe’s waters,
  • Report what you find, AND
  • Help stop aquatic invasive plants in their tracks.

Your trained “eyes on the lake” will provide information to the Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Program that can result in early detection of new infestations and more effective treatment. With your help we can stop the assault of these invaders on our crystal clear waters.

Thank you and click here to learn more about the Eyes on the Lake program.  Eyes on the Lake is led by the League to Save Lake Tahoe, in partnership with the Tahoe Resource Conservation District and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, as well as other organizations that make up the Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Program.