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When on water with canoe we also clean as we go by diving for garbage below surface using a mask and snorkel. It is amazing finds we have from these excursions under water. One of first times we did this, we found an expensive diving mask in about 30 feet of water – enough incentive to continue this practice! We have found antique bottles, jewelry, fishing lures and reels.
It feels very good to clear up a beach of shards of broken glass hiding just below surface before an unwary swimmer splashes into it. It does not, however, feel as good to find a large fish hook by imbedding it in bottom of your foot. Take heart in knowing you have done a good thing as your expletive echoes off far mountainside. Imagine an innocent child stepping on that hook instead of you and decide if it is worth taking time...
-- Written by Dave and Lillian Brummet based on the concept of their new book Trash Talk. The book offers useful solutions for the individual to reduce waste and better manage resources. A guide for anyone concerned about his or her impact on the environment. (http://www.sunshinecable.com/~drumit)