Underwater Mapping Project Fights Ocean Trash
Alexa Ward, Communications & Community Relations Specialist
Several years ago, dive instructor Rich Hopkins witnessed something that has stuck with him to this day. While diving in Woahink Lake in Oregon, United States, he became startled by a large object that was strikingly out-of-place in the underwater environment: a large household recliner chair that had been dumped by a local community member. Every time he dived that site, the sight of the submerged recliner irritated him to no end. He had no idea how to get it out of the lake, or if he did, what to do with it. Over time, he noticed more and more trash in his beloved lake. He resolved to take action.