A successful "Scuba Diver Cleanup Day" was held Saturday morning in Lake Wallenpaupack, where drivers brought up items from shoes to sunglasses.
Nick Spinelli, Administrator for the Lake Wallenpaupack Watershed Management District (LWWMD), said that about 10 divers representing Tafton, Ledgedale, and Forest Dive teams participated. They spent about two hours diving near Cairn's Island, in what is expected to be the first of an annual event.
Divers were able to bring up enough cans, bottles, cups, shoes, and sunglasses to fill a 55 gallon drum. They also found several anchors.
Wallenpaupack Scenic Boat Tours was on hand to help remove debris and ABS Dumpsters of Greeley had a dumpster at Ledgedale Marina for the debris. Lunch was provided by the Ledgedale BBQ Pit.
"Overall, it was an enjoyable morning and everyone had fun," said Spinelli. Ledgedale Dive Team collected the most debris and took home the trophy as "Lake Wallenpaupack's Dirtiest Dive Team". The trophy will stay with Ledgedale until next year's event. A few of the divers at Forest say they're already making a place for it at their station for 2014.
More photos are posted at LWWMD's facebook page.