Half a ton of junk removed from Elliott Bay by West Seattle diver

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 15 at 6:24 PM

WEST SEATTLE -- Laura James loves Puget Sound. She's an avid diver but was disgusted by what she saw beneath the surface.

"You wouldn't believe the amount of junk down there. Plastic. Boat batteries," she said.

James took it upon herself to become a one woman clean-up crew. Since January she has been plunging to the floor of Puget Sound and hauling up whatever junk she finds. She has focused on the water in her own West Seattle backyard - the area around an old marina where people evidenty dumped dozens of boat batteries into the water without a second thought.

"I've been able to remove about 1,100 pounds of lead from the Sound," she says proudly.

James is also inspiring other divers around Puget Sound to do the same.

More information: http://beneaththelookingglass.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/the-visibility-project/

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