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Underwater Cleanup/Dive Against Debris - Belmont Pier, Long Beach, CA

Long Beach, United States

33.758151, -118.147665

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Deep Blue Scuba & Swim Center's

Annual Underwater Cleanup on Coastal Cleanup Day

For Dive Against Debris Month

8:30 am on September 15th, 2012 @ Belmont Veteran's Pier in Long Beach

In Honor of Artie Williams, III

Long Beach is the Aquatic Capital of America and when you look at the hustle and bustle of the port and the beauty of the beaches it isn’t hard to see why.  However, what is hard to see is what lies beneath the water, and what lies beneath is not as beautiful.  Our ocean floor is littered with debris and as an active dive community, we want to do something about it. Therefore, Deep Blue Scuba & Swim Center will be holding our First Annual Underwater Cleanup on September 15th, Coastal Cleanup Day, at 8:30am at Belmont Veteran's Pier in Long Beach.  In conjunction with Project AWARE’s Debris Month of Action and in Honor of Artie Williams, III (a photojournalist, ABC7 cameraman, and diver who fought against marine debris and, who recently lost his life doing something he loved - diving), we’re asking for your help.

Although effective, underwater cleanups are merely a temporary fix to a long-term problem.  Both the Los Angeles River and the San Gabriel River empty into our Long Beach harbors.  With the existing breakwater structure and the current static flow of water, any debris that comes from the rivers collects and slowly breaks down, polluting our ocean.  While there are many organizations involved in the varying aspects of this problem, there needs to be a cohesive movement in order to enact change at the local, state, and federal level.

Deep Blue Scuba & Swim Center is calling upon all certified divers and organizations that are active in solving these problems, or would like to be a part of the solutions, to come take part in this event in order to raise awareness and help enact change.  A required diver's safety briefing will take place at 8:00am.  You can contact Deep Blue Scuba & Swim Center at 562.434.1604 or with any questions or to become involved.  Thanks!

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