Snorkel for a cause Saturday at Lydgate

LIHUE — Everyone who enjoys swimming in Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Beach Park is invited to snorkel for a cause Saturday.

Beginning at 8 a.m., volunteers will collect small waterlogged tree branches that have settled at the bottom of the main pond by diving for them. Water depth is about eight feet.

The Friends of Kamalani Playground will have floating collection bins in the water for people to dive for the small pieces of wood. Crews are also needed to help empty the bins into an on-site commercial Dumpster.

Friends chairman Tommy Noyes reminds those going in the water to bring their own mask, snorkel and fins, and to wear gloves and use sun protection.

“I like to think of it like a water-based game of Pick Up Stix,” says volunteer Lincoln Gill, who along with Noyes, filled several bins with soggy wood from the bottom of the pond last weekend. “It’s a fun way to get some exercise, enjoy the gorgeous ocean and sunshine while making Morgan’s Ponds better for everyone.”

The water in the main pond is now dramatically clearer than after it was dredged a couple years ago. Swimmers have returned and tropical fish abound.

It is anticipated that once the remaining wood is collected from the ocean-fed pool, the clarity will become even better.

Information: Tommy Noyes, 639-1018

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