Les Davis Pier to close briefly Saturday Closure needed so volunteer scuba divers can collect trash in waterway

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Les Davis Pier will be off limits to the public for two hours on April 21 to allow cleanup of underwater areas beneath and surrounding the pier.

A crew of as many as 30 scuba divers will comb the nearshore between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., when the pier at 3427 Ruston Way will be closed.

The all-volunteer effort is organized by Highline College’s Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST), in conjunction with the Washington SCUBA Alliance and the SCUBA & H2O Adventures Dive Expo. Participating divers will be certified for open water.

A similar cleanup organized in Des Moines removed hundreds of pounds of trash, including cans, bottles and fishing gear. Some of what is collected Saturday may be recyclable. The City of Tacoma is providing garbage and recycling containers.

The event coincides with Parks Appreciation Day, a similar, but land-based habitat stewardship event coordinated by Metro Parks Tacoma.

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