Fourth annual underwater cleanup welcomes community, seeks volunteers

Over 1,700 lbs of debris were removed from the water off the Gord Downie Pier during the 2022 event. Photo via The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes.

Update (Friday, May 12, 2023):

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston alongside Neptune & Salacia Diving and Swim Drink Fish are excited to welcome the community to the new Kingston Waters Cleanup – Action and Awareness event (previously PADI Aware – Dive Against Debris weekend) which will take place on Saturday, Jun. 10, 2023.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., visitors are welcome to bring their friends and family to the Pumphouse Museum property for a fun-filled day by the water complete with hands-on learning opportunities, activities, and entertainment, the museum noted in a media release dated Friday, May 12, 2023. Participants are also encouraged to participate in the Event Passport activity for a chance to win a prize.

This is a change in location from the original coverage of this event, which noted that Gord Downie Pier would be the site of the cleanup.

“The location was changed due to the difficulty in recruiting divers to go back to the Pier. With two recent events of this nature at the pier in 2022, the diving community wanted to focus on an area where they could have a great impact,” Michelle Clarabut, Programs and Communications Manager for the Marine Museum told Kingstonist. “The new location was explored in 2021 in a smaller capacity and identified many more opportunities for debris cleanup.”

This year, the underwater shoreline cleanup will focus on the waterfront between the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes and the Pumphouse Steam Museum. The museum noted that they are very grateful to the over 30 volunteers who have already come forward to participate.

“We are excited to welcome the following community organizations for public demonstrations; Turtles Kingston, Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre, Pollution Probe, the Pumphouse Steam Museum and Calliope Collective who are inviting participants to collaborate in creating a sculpture exploring our community’s connection to water for their water parade Hydra: the Spirit of Water,” the Marine Museum stated. “Along with guest performers, David and Margaret from SoundRings and Paddling Puppeteers for family-friendly educational entertainment.”

Individuals and community groups who are interested in taking part can still register here: www.neptunesalacia.com/kwc2023. The museum noted that this is a great opportunity for community groups to promote their business or organization. Volunteers are welcome to take part as a diver, snorkeler, paddler or land-lubber (those who prefer to stay on land). Finally, any community organization interested in participating in this event with a booth is asked to contact Michelle Clarabut at [email protected].

Original article:

The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston alongside Neptune & Salacia Diving and Swim Drink Fish has announced the new Kingston Waters Cleanup – Action and Awareness event (previously PADI Aware – Dive Against Debris weekend) which will take place on Saturday, Jun. 10, 2023.

Now in its fourth year, the family-friendly event is an opportunity for the public to take action in the protection of our Great Lakes, celebrate our waterways, and engage with community organizations working to protect and advocate for the health and well-being of our local ecosystem, organizers said in a media release dated Wednesday, Mar. 31, 2023. Demonstrations and performances are just some of the engaging activities planned for this year’s event which will run from 10 am. to 3 p,m at the Gord Downie Memorial Pier.

In 2022, over 1,700 lbs of debris was removed from the water off the Gord Downie pier. Everything from plastic bottles and clothing to tires and a sofa was removed from the local waterway.

According to the release, the community action underwater shoreline cleanup known as PADI Aware – Dive Against Debris remains at the core of this event. PADI Aware sees scuba divers in Kingston participate in an international initiative supporting water conservation efforts and take part in World Ocean Day (June 8) initiatives. But, just because ‘dive’ is in the name, doesn’t mean this event is restricted to volunteer divers, organizers noted.

“In order to be successful, we need twice as many surface support volunteers on land than in the water. Therefore, the support of non-diver volunteers is critical. Shore support volunteers pick up the debris bags from divers and help sort, weigh and record debris collected. The data collected is then shared to help educate and advocate for cleaner waters,” explained Guillaume Courcy, Co-Owner and Director of Neptune and Salacia Diving.

Volunteers are needed for both on-land and in-water aspects of this event. Photo via The Marine Museum of the Great Lakes.

To celebrate and engage with the water, the Marine Museum will welcome community organizations that offer demonstrations and programs to educate visitors on the importance of our Great Lakes freshwater ecosystem and the threats they face. From underwater ecosystems and maritime heritage to water pollution, this family-friendly event aims to celebrate our connections with the Great Lakes, the work being done to protect our waters and how we can play our part in its protection, according to the release.

“We are very excited about the potential of this annual event. The last couple of years have focused primarily on the community action portion of the event with some engagement taking place with community booths. This year, we’re planning an event to welcome families, community activists and fellow water lovers where we can come together to help, learn and celebrate our Great Lakes freshwater resource,” stated Michelle Clarabut, Programs and Communications Manager at the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. “They are the largest interconnected body of freshwater in the world – why not engage in their preservation and celebrate the life they sustain?”

Organizers are looking for members of the community to take part in this event as volunteer divers, snorkelers, or paddlers and land-lubbers (those who prefer to stay on land), who can collect, sort, weigh and dispose of debris. Individuals and community groups are welcome to take action. The Marine Museum noted that the Volunteer Sign-Up form will be available on Monday, Apr. 3, 2023. Interested applicants can sign up here: www.neptunesalacia.com/kwc2023.

Any community organizations interested in participating in this event with a booth are asked to contact Michelle Clarabut at [email protected].

Read more about the event on the Marine Museum website.

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