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Diving for junk in Ogdensburg, no empty hands


The St. Lawrence River at the Ogdensburg is a little cleaner today than it was a few days ago.

On Saturday, a team of 20 divers, boat operators, and line handlers from the Ogdensburg Volunteer Rescue Squad and Blue Fin Diving of Flackville with two employees of the Ogdensburg Department of Public Works dove in 25 feet of waterup to 50 feet off shore to remove debris from the St. Lawrence River along the Ogdensburg City Docks on August 31, 2013.

“Among the debris removed were over 30 bicycles, two shopping carts, two ‘Do Not Feed The Birds’ signs, a park bench, a computer, several car parts, numerous bottles and cans and a debit card,” said R. Storm Cilley, the squad’s treasurer and dive master. “Enough debris was removed in approximately two hours to fill a city dump truck to overflowing.”

Mr. Cilley said that the cleanup went well.

“We really didn’t know what to expect.” he said Monday, adding that the divers knew they hardly made a dent in removing years of submerged debris.

“We probably got less than 1 percent of what was down there,” Mr. Cilley said.

And there may be another dive.

“We’ll probably do it next year,” Mr. Cilley said. “We’ll call it ‘Diving Against Debris’”.

The squad organized the cleanup as a community service obligation for having recently received from a California foundation a $2,500 grant to purchase scuba equipment.

The city of Ogdensburg also provided a loader.

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