River Cleanup in Niles – 2017 Ecology Scuba Dive

♦♦ updated 9:20pm 9/20/2017 ♦♦

September 23, 2017

10:00am to 4:00pm


  • 10:00 am – 11:00 setup
  • 11:00am – 3pm ecology dive
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm display finds and judging
  • 4:00 clean-up

Michigan Underwater Divers Club is organizing an Ecology Scuba Dive again this year. Join us on Saturday, September 23rd, at the St. Joe river cleanup behind the Wonderland Theatre in Niles. Divers, Snorkelers, Swimmers, Kayakers, Waders, and Bubble Watchers are all needed to help out. There are bottles, tires, bottles, bicycles, bottles, car parts, bottles, and all sorts of “junk” to pick up and clean out of the river. Did we mention there are a lot of old bottles that you might want to display rather than throw into the dumpster, but that is your choice.

We are planning to be in the river any time between 11:00 and 3:00, with awards being presented for the most unusual, heaviest, most pieces and biggest pile.

Everyone is invited to come out and help. If you are diving, be sure to bring a dive flag and float to mark your position in the river. Bring a tarp to collect and display your finds. Extreme caution is urged as portions of the river have strong current and multiple snag and overhead hazards. There are areas that have less hazard and depths can run from 1 foot to over 10 feet. Anyone participating is volunteering their time at their own risk. A liability waver is required to participate.

We will have a trailer to load scrap steel into and plan on having a dumpster available for trash.

We recommend everyone come early for the best parking spots to avoid a long gear haul.

Scroll down to see photos of last year’s event!



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