Energetic, ocean-loving people are sought to help with Snorkel for a Cause, from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Beach Park.
Volunteers will be asked to clean the swimming area by diving for small, waterlogged tree branches that have settled at the bottom of the main pond and fill floating collection bins.
Water depth is about eight feet.
A land-based team is also needed to help empty the bins and carry bundles of debris to a county of Kauai-supplied roll-off container located just past the pond.
“We were really fortunate that the winter storms didn’t bring in many branches this year, but there is certainly enough to keep us busy for one morning and to improve the water quality even more,” said snorkel volunteer Pam Brown, who swims in the main pond most mornings.
Morgan’s Ponds are two ocean-fed pools at Lydgate Beach Park bordered by rock walls that protect swimmers from waves. The main pond abounds with tropical fish. The smaller pond is great for very young keiki.
Last year during three “Snorkel for a Causes,” volunteers removed more than 10,000 pounds of water-logged debris, allowing the clarity of the water to return to pre-2011 levels, prior to the pond being dredged.
Anyone wishing to take part should bring their own mask, snorkel, fins and gloves. People on the land-based team will want to bring work gloves and sun protection.