September 22, 2018:
The 2018 Ecology Dive held at Riverview Park, Niles, Michigan was a huge success.
It was sponsored by the Michigan U/W Divers (MUD) club and Wolfs Marine.
There were two divers come from Detroit and one from Grand Rapids that joined our Muddies in the event. There were 24 divers, shore support and a bunch of spectators. The weather was beautiful but a little chilly in the morning until the sun warmed things up in the afternoon.
In fact, with the support and donations the club had this year “every participant” and all shore support individuals was awarded a prize.
Jim Scholz, from Dowagiac, was the grand prize winner for having found the “Most Trash” with 73 countable items, Mary Beth Thar (from Nile’s Mi & MUD Club President) won the “Largest/ Biggest” by hauling in a large rusted sign AND a big tractor trailer tire rim, Skyler Daisy from Hartford, won “Heaviest” by lugging in a very heavy and rusted grate, and last but not least was Darrin Jillison (Buchanan) won the “Most Unusual” with a small cross pendant surrounded by about a hundred or so diamond chips. Here are a couple of pictures of trash removed by the divers.