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Diving club cleans up Madison lakes

MADISON, Wis. - Four Lakes Scuba Club is trying to make sure Madison's lakes are clean for everyone to enjoy this summer by diving for garbage. 

The club hosts cleanup dives at Lake Kegonsa, Lake Waubesa, Lake Monona and Lake Mendota every year as their way of participating in the Take a Stake in Our Waters year-round cleanup, which is commissioned by the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission. 

On Sunday, divers found everything from anchors to a baby doll as they dove for garbage at the mouth of the Yahara River as it flows into Lake Monona. 

"I've been doing this for more than 20 years in the Madison area, and what I've noticed is over time is there is less and less garbage," Ellen Evans, a member of Four Lakes Diving Club, said. "So people are really getting the message out of sight out of mind really isn't true."

Her and other divers picked up more than a 55-gallon drum's worth of garbage Sunday morning. 

They will be completing three more cleanup dives in the coming weeks and want to remind boaters to stay at least 100 feet away from dive flags to ensure diver safety. 

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