Every day trash, like plastic bags, food wrappers and drink bottles, to larger items like car batteries, kitchen appliances and fishing nets, our debris is entering the oceans, lakes and waterways at an alarming rate. Our waters have become dumping grounds! Marine debris is not just unsightly, it's dangerous to marine life, hazardous to human health, and costly to our economies. Marine animals can become entangled in debris or mistake small particles of trash for food - often with fatal results. Divers, swimmers and beachgoers can be directly harmed by encounters with debris or its toxins. And, the costs of plastic debris to marine ecosystems are estimated at 13 billion dollars a year!
With this in mind and PADI's Project Aware in heart, divers with Columbia Scuba set out to clean up one of our favorite dive sites. August 2, 2015 turned out to be a FANTASTIC day for an underwater cleanup and cookout at the SCE&G Park at the Lake Murray Dam. Beautiful blue skies with little puffy white clouds and even prettty good visibility underwater too! About 30 divers turned out to help clean up the lake, eat hot-dogs and just enjoy the camaraderie with other divers. "Gourmet hot-dogs" and brats on the grill, all kinds of side dishes and brownies for desert helped make for a special day that everyone enjoyed!
Divers brought up the usual lake debris such as bottles, cans, cups, pipes, sunglasses, etc, etc, and while divers did indeed bring up much debris from the lake waters, Lake Murray proved to be much cleaner than the last time we sponsored an underwater cleanup, proving that our efforts are not in vain!
One diver made this cleanup even more memorable by making her 100th dive during this outing! To make things even more memborable, on her 100th dive, she found a trophy and brought it back from the depths! Everyone thought is was very fitting that she take home a trophy on such a memorable dive!
A big THANK YOU to all that came out to help keep our local waters clean!