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Camp Nose Fish LNT Plan

Our Leave-no-trace plan is our mutual commitment to a Burning Man experience with zero-impact on the playa. We all see taking care of the playa as our personal responsibility. We will all help each other remember and fulfil this commitment.

We've been an Earth Guardian "Model Camp" in 2004, 2005, and 2006 and we won "Camp of the Day" in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010. The Earth Guardians have helped us refine our practices and we've embraced many of their suggestions.

Our holistic approach is to not make a mess in the first place! We'll bring less and store it better. We'll make it easier for anyone else in our camp to secure our stuff rather than relying on luck to ensure that someone gets someone else's stuff secured during a storm. We're ready for a storm whenever it happens. That coupled with our normal vigilance will mean less time spent cleaning up for everyone and less chances of debris blowing away that someone else will have to clean up for us.


Laura Szymanski is our LNT expert and main liaison with the Earth Guardians. She is committed to overseeing all LNT practices in the camp and ensuring that all camp members comply with our cleanup plan from our initial arrival on the playa until we all leave. Laura is also our Recycling Guru, who ensures we all recycle what can be recycled.

Less is More

Our philosophy is: less is more

We bring less stuff that doesn't matter and spend more time enjoying Burning Man. We'll certainly bring fun stuff like costumes, domes, camping equipment, art projects, etc., that allow us to interact with our fellow citizens of BRC. And we'll bring things to keep ourselves comfortable and well-fed regardless of the conditions. Of course we'll have tools and a few extra materials -- we have to anticipate the unexpected to reasonably balance the will of the desert. But we're making a conscious effort to bring less and do more with it.

Significant Improvements

We have some special challenges this year because of our Quesadilla! and EL Wire Repair servies. Here's our plan for managing them:

  • We will have a floor on combined Quesadilla! and EL Wire Repair Dome (aka the service dome) to catch any spills, bits of wire and other soldering debris.

  • We'll have a wind screen around the service dome to keep wind from blowing freely through it. The windscreen will come all the way to the ground, so that any materials and supplies inside the dome cannot escape simply by blowing along the ground.

  • We are planning for extra space in our vehicles for the return trip so we have room for whatever moop we collect as well as the inevitable debris people leave in our public spaces. We're planning from the beginning for the moop we'll have at the end.

Personal Containment Domes

This year we have two large, covered shared domes and one personal dome. The domes will be covered with tarps in a manner that makes it easy to secure in a hurry by any of our camp members when there is a windstorm. One of the shared domes acts as our combined kitchen and storage area. The other is our camp's private lounge area. These areas will be protected from wind so that debris does not blow away using wind cloth. All of our domes have tarps on the floor to protect the playa from spills and to keep debris from getting ground into the playa.

People will keep their items either in the kitchen dome or in their tents or vehicles.

The bottom line is that everyone in our camp has a place to keep their stuff so it won't blow away, whether they are there to protect it or not. Someone is always at our camp, and anyone in our camp will be able to close all the domes or tents quickly.

Things we all do:

  • Minimize packaging before we go to Burning Man

  • Not dump untreated graywater on the playa or in the porta-potties (gray water = shower water, dish water)

  • Not spit toothpaste on the playa

  • Use porta-potties exactly and only for body waste. Toothpaste is OK in the porta-pottie (if you can get past the idea of brushing your teeth in an outhouse)

  • Not burn anything on the playa. Use a burn platform for burnable debris (paper, wood), or a Burning Man approved firepit.

  • Not dig holes in the playa except as required to secure a structure (e.g. for rebar).

  • Not bring any of the following:
    • pistachios or any other nuts in shells

    • feather boas or other clothing with bits that can come off in the wind

    • loose glitter or glitter glued to artwork unless it is sealed with a clearcoat (e.g. clear krylon spraypaint).

    • confetti or anything like it! Bad! No!!

    • clothing or artwork with bits that always fly off in the wind

    • individually wrapped candies (generates lots of tiny trash)

    • meaningless schwag -- our gift to the community is our theme camp and our projects. We won't be giving away tiny trinkets. We believe in a gift economy -- not a barter economy. We don't need extra things to trade. We are always well-stocked with tools and supplies, and we offer their use freely without any expectation for anything in return. Well, we'd like our tools returned... ;-)

  • Collect all our everything (trash, equipment, etc.) and take it away from Burning Man

  • Clean up our personal camp space, including all debris, rebar stakes in the ground, etc. We promise to ask for help if we can't get a piece of rebar out -- our camp has tools to get the job done.

  • Keep our gear inside our domes, vehicles and tents and be ready to close them up in case of a storm.

  • At the onset of any storm, secure the domes and tents as quickly as possible.

  • Secure our own domes if we know we and everyone who lives in it with us will be away on an adventure.

Opportunities to even the score

The truth is that despite our best efforts some of our debris will blow away, or some gift we give someone will end up releasing or becoming debris. So we need to actively look for opportunities to even the score before we can achieve anything close to zero net impact.

  • We Pick up MOOP (matter-out-of-place) wherever we see it
  • We find a gentle way to raise the awareness of anyone else who litters. Maybe just smile and say "Here, let me pick that up for you."

  • We bring a trashbag sometimes when we go adventuring.
Camp Responsibilities

A group of us will remain until Sunday, August 31. Those that do will comprise the final camp cleanup team. The cleanup team has the responsibility to complete the cleanup of our camp. At that point it should not be a huge amount of work because every one of us will have cleaned up our own area. We are each of us the cleanup team for our own camping spot.

The cleanup team will:

  • Make a shoulder-to-shoulder sweep of the entire camp and our annex camp if we have one. We will pick up anything that isn't playa or a black rock.

  • Rake and scrape the surface of our camp to help remove dust covered debris and even out any unnatural piles and fill small holes. We also sweep the entire camp with a magnetic bar attached to the back of the rake, to pick up nuts and bolts, etc.

Handling Gray Water

We collect all our treatable gray water and treat it with a combination of filtration and chemicals, so it is safe and sane to pour on the roads. We collect the rest of our gray and waste water and bring it back to an RV park where we dump it in an appropriate sewer for proper water treatment. Untreatable gray water includes shower water that may contain glitter or body paint, kitchen water, etc. We bring 5-gallon buckets with lids to contain our gray water. WE ABSOLUTELY NEVER POUR OUR GRAY WATER IN THE PORTA-POTTIES!! We only treat shower water that is free of glitter and body paint. We collect gray water separately from each shower, so we can make a choice on a shower-by-shower basis as to whether the gray water is treatable or not. Click here for complete details on our water handling technique.

Handling Garbage

We use heavy-duty garbage bags to contain the lighter duty "kitchen" bags we use in our domes and tents. We secure our large garbage bags inside our kitchen dome, or in the small storage dome, to prevent any chance of their blowing away. We also try to minimize how much trash we do produce, by minimizing packaging, using crushable packaging, buying in bulk, etc.

As operators of an interactive venue at Burning Man, we end up carting out far more garbage than that which we create ourselves. Especially in the last few days we end up with more than our fair share of debris we didn't create. We always leave extra room in our vehicles for the return trip so we can take away this extra debris, which we take to the dump.

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