Lake Mead, Mohave rangers cracking down on litter

Rangers at Lake Mead, like here near Hoover Dam, and Lake Mohave will crack down on visitors with glass and Styrofoam.

Photo by Vanessa Espinoza.

Rangers at Lake Mead, like here near Hoover Dam, and Lake Mohave will crack down on visitors with glass and Styrofoam.

BOULDER CITY, Nevada – Spring break season is upon us and rangers at Lake Mead National Recreation area are cracking down on visitors who possess glass and Styrofoam.

Both of the storage options have been prohibited at Lake Mead and Lake Mohave since 2002 to prevent injuries and litter. Despite the ban, rangers haven’t seen a significant reduction of both glass and Styrofoam.

Rangers have started a “No Breaks” campaign to educate visitors on how to enjoy the park responsibly by using beach-friendly items such as plastic containers, coolers, and reusable or biodegradable products.

Park rangers will conduct zero tolerance patrols Saturday and Sunday and again May 18-20. Rangers will be issuing citations, and banned items will have to be thrown away. Violators may be fined up to $5,000.

Volunteers are also invited to police litter April 7 as part of the Great American Cleanup.

For more information or to register, email LAKE_Volunteer_Coordinator@nps.gov.

--Information provided by Lake Mead National Recreation Area.