Dedicated cleaning crews

Armed with masks, snorkels, fins, gloves, muscle, energy and plenty of smiles, about 20 Kauai people volunteered for “Snorkel for a Cause” on Saturday at Morgan’s Ponds at Lydgate Beach Park in Wailua.

Divers retrieved waterlogged branches and a land-based crew hauled debris that washed ashore from Tropical Storm Iselle last week to a nearby County of Kauai-supplied rubbish bin.

“The water in the pond has been beautiful all year. You can swim with thousands of beautiful tropical fish and hundreds of their babies,” said Pamela Varma Brown, a Wailua resident who swim laps most mornings in the larger of the two man-made, ocean-fed ponds that are protected by rock walls.

Coming up for air between dives, Kapaa resident Jack Yatsko said his children grew up playing in Morgan’s Ponds.

“Even though my kids are grown up now – one leaves for college this week – I still have a feeling of ownership of this place,” he said, adding that participating in Snorkel for a Cause is a great workout, too.

“We held three Snorkels for a Cause last year and that dramatically improved the water clarity,” Brown said. “A huge mahalo to everyone who helped in every capacity.”

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