Photo by Cindy Lemos
On Saturday, May 15, 21 members of the Mudsharks Scuba Diving Clubs of Everett, Edmonds and Seattle participated in the Club’s second annual Spring Clean-Up Dive of Lake Stevens.
The divers removed over a ton of garbage from the five public park swim and boat dock areas around the lake including Wyatt Park swim beach and boat launch, Lundeen Park, City Beach and North Cove swim beach and boat launch.
The event was organized by club member Jeff Lambier, who is also a Detective with the Lake Stevens Police Department.
“This is the second year that the Club has done this event and everyone loves being a part of the event. As divers, we are naturally concerned and protective of the environment and the preservation of our water ways,” Lambier said. “Everything ends up in Puget Sound and the Sound is hurting right now. Working to keep water sources such as Lake Stevens clean not only benefits the people who live and play on our beautiful lake, but it benefits the entire area, including the Sound.”
While some very interesting things were found including cell phones, toys and fishing equipment, the majority of the garbage was made up of bottles and cans.
“The only way these things get into the lake is on purpose, by way of people. I will never understand why anyone would think it was acceptable to dump their trash, empty beer cans or soda bottles into the lake. It just makes no sense at all,” Lambier said.
The Mudsharks Dive Club would like to acknowledge and thank Lake Stevens businesses, Jay’s Market, Subway, Sahara Pizza, Main Street Coffee, SVR Construction and Allied Waste for their support with food, drinks and waste removal.
The Club would also like to thank and acknowledge Underwater Sports, DeepSea Cruises of Anacortes and Bandito Dive Charters of Seattle for donating some fantastic door prizes for the divers.
“Everyone had a blast and we will be back next year for another clean-up dive event,” Lambier said.
The Mudsharks Dive Clubs are affiliated with the Puget Sound scuba diving retail and scuba training and education franchise Underwater Sports and is made up of people from all over the area.
Membership in the club is free and is open to all range of scuba divers, from beginners to expert instructors.
Please go to Underwatersports.com for more information on scuba diving classes, Mudsharks Club info and other information on diving in the Puget Sound area.