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Scuba team from across Connecticut take a deep dive in Union for the environment

The Enfield Scuba’s “Dive against Debris” tradition continues.

UNION, Conn. — The divers from Enfield Scuba continued a tradition on Tuesday using their talents to clean up Mashapaug Lake inside Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union.

The scuba divers try to time their clean-up efforts just after a busy holiday weekend to ensure the impact they are making is larger. Eleven scuba divers from all over the state took part in what is called “Dive Against Debris”. 

“It’s perfectly timed. This was a busy weekend being Labor Day and we came to the lake to do our underwater clean up.” Langlois added, “We feel it’s part of our passion to keep our office clean," said John Langlois, a dive instructor and the owner of Enfield Scuba.

Bottles, license plates, and a boat seat were just some of the discarded items that divers corralled on their latest trip to Mashapaug Lake. 

“This is really a grassroots effort to collect trash,” Laura Seese, a veteran dive instructor at Enfield Scuba said.

She said the best part of their half-day lake event is, “being in the lake and just being able to be part of a bigger picture and take care of it for everyone else.”

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After he emerged from the lake with a sack of trash, Jay Dailey, who is an insurance executive by day, said jumping into the lake allows him to practice his skill and help the environment at the same time.

“The ability to just go in and make a difference – to clean the lake a bit and bring out a bag of trash, it’s a nice mix of practicing my skills and being able to give back," Dailey.


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