The Michigan Underwater Divers (MUD) Club hosted an Ecology Scuba Dive, September 23 in the St Joseph River.
There were 17 divers and surface support individuals participating in the 2017 Niles Ecology River Dive in the St. Joseph River held last Saturday at Riverfront Park.
The weather was great, if a little warm for this time of year, and the river cooperated by having a slow flow rate giving us at least 10 feet visibility before we silted it up by picking up the trash.
As indicated by the pictures there was a fair amount of trash collected which included many shopping carts, several bicycles, pipes, tires, water tank, and a ton of bottles. Wolfs Marine in Benton Harbor supplied the prizes that were awarded for four categories of trash: 1st Prize was for the Most trash collected, 2nd prize was for the largest item, 3rd for the the heaviest Item, and 4th the most Unique.
As one of the participating divers it has to be mentioned that we could not have gotten so much junk out if not for the tremendous support and hard labor by those providing shore support. The success of this event was due to the “TEAM” effort of everyone participating. A big Thanks to all that participated.
Here are just a few pictures taken from the dive.