Four Lakes SCUBA Club completes 5th cleanup in 2021

MADISON, Wisconsin (WMTV) – Divers at the Four Lakes SCUBA Club have now completed their fifth purification dive for 2021 in the Yahara River.

Founded in 1980, the club meets monthly and organizes annual cleaning dives in all local lakes in Dane County and the Yahara River.

The final cleanup was on October 3rd and was a 2 1/2 hour shallow dive cleaning trash from the bottom of the Yahara River between Tenney Park and Rutledge St. Bridge.

The team consisted of three divers, a canoe team who collected garbage from the divers, and support from the bank to put the garbage in barrels.

Items found included golf balls, hubcaps, a muffler, bicycle wheels, an entire bicycle, part of a railroad bridge trestle, a laptop, part of a Radio Flyer car, several traffic cones, and a 9mm gun that was from the Madison Police Department taken into custody.

“I think it’s really important that we keep our lakes in good shape,” said Brad Acker, president of the Four Lakes Scuba Club. “It takes a lot of people underwater and really above water to keep the rubbish out and also remove some rubbish while you’re at it.”

Acker says any certified diver, as well as volunteer canoeing and shore workers, are welcome to participate in the club’s clean-up dives.

More information about the Four Lakes Scuba Club can be found on the website here.

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