Underwater marina cleanup yields trash and old technology

Saturday morning saw Annie Crawley and her underwater dive team at it again, diving beneath the Edmonds Marina boat moorage floats to clean up and bring the surface the plethora of underwater debris that has built up over the years. The project involved the section just north of Anthony’s Homeport under float M through Q, and follows up on their efforts back in April under the docks just south of these.

If you’ve ever dropped something into the water, from a cell phone to a screwdriver to a chair, you know how maddening it is – you just say goodbye. Much of this has been there for decades, and the divers brought up objects that many of the younger crowd simply didn’t recognize. It’s like a time capsule.

“What’s a Walkman?” asked a 20-something volunteer. “Is it some kind of pedometer or something?”

Despite a few of these “treasures,” the bulk of garbage collected comprised hoses and bottles, leading one young diver to remark that boaters must do an “awful lot of squirting and drinking.”

These twice-yearly marina cleanups are team efforts by members of Our Ocean and You, a group spearheaded by Crawley and formed around helping people understand how our lives are interconnected with the sea. Membership is open to anyone. Just visit the signup page to learn more.

“You don’t need to be a diver to be part of the group,” explained Crawley. “All you need to do is agree to be a voice for the ocean.”

— Story and photos by Larry Vogel

    1. Thanks, Annie and team. Your cleanup efforts at the marina, as always, are greatly appreciated and stunningly effective. You and your team’s dedication to improving our nearshore marine environment truly makes a difference. The Port is proud to be your partner in this worthwhile endeavor. A big “thumbs up” for yet another safe and highly productive dive. See you next time.

  1. I walked by when they were finishing up and thought what a wonderful thing these divers are doing. Thank you!

  2. I had to add my gratitude for your devotion. As with so much in our world a relative few make a better world for the many. I am so very appreciative. Thank you.

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