Invasive species

A group of volunteers has been working on the removal of milfoil, an invasive weed, from Baldwin Beach in Tahoe. Milfoil grows quickly in the Tahoe Keys and is also found in coves like Emerald Bay. Removing the milfoil from Baldwin Beach is more of a preventative measure, as the weed is not as pervasive yet as it is in other areas around the lake. To prevent the milfoil from springing back, volunteers pull it up by hand and install plastic barriers, which prevent sunlight from encouraging milfoil growth. The plastic barriers will remain in place for six weeks throughout the summer.

Volunteers are part of the League to Save Lake Tahoe, and the milfoil removal project is a collaborative effort with the U.S. Forest Service and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.