By Andrea Papagianis
Some 60 volunteer divers are expected to participate in Orange County’s ninth semiannual OC Dana Point Harbor Cleanup on Saturday, May 11, in search of trash and lost items in the depths of the waterway.
Over the past four years, divers have recovered mobile phones, chairs, umbrellas, marine toilets, bicycles and a parking meter, according to an event press release.
“The county is extremely pleased with the success of our underwater cleanups,” said Brad Gross, director of the OC Dana Point Harbor. “More importantly, the cleanups have removed more than 27,000 pounds of debris from the harbor floor over the last four years and continue to be a critical part of our successful Water Quality Improvement Program.”
The event will begin at Dock A, near 24450 Dana Point Harbor Dr., starting at 8 a.m. and ending around noon. T-shirts, food and beverages will be provided to participants and prizes will be handed out for the unusual items recovered. Sponsored by Aqualung America, Inc., a scuba regulator will be given to the diver discovering the most unusual item.
Participating divers must have current Open Water of equivalent dive certifications.
The next cleanup event is scheduled for September, 21 in conjunction with the California Coastal Cleanup Day—billed as the state’s largest volunteer day.
For more information on volunteer and event sponsorship opportunities, contact Kelly Rinderknecht with Dana West Marina at Kellyr@danawestmarina.com or 949.493.6222.