Lake Havasu Field Office partners with law enforcement departments, Sea Scouts in lake cleanup

On September 20, 2020, the Bureau of Land Management's Lake Havasu Field Office partnered with the Lake Havasu Divers Association, Lake Havasu Sea Scouts, Lake Havasu City Police Department, Mohave County Sheriff’s Office and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department for the second annual cleanup of Steamboat Cove, one of the BLM’s most popular boat-in recreation sites on Lake Havasu.

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Divers prepare to retrieve trash and debris from the bottom of Lake Havasu's Steamboat Cove. Photo: Chris Wonderly/BLM
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Canoes patrol Steamboat Cove to retrieve debris that divers brought up. Photo: Chris Wonderly/BLM

Thirty-five divers, including scouts, law enforcement officers, volunteers, and BLM staff removed trash and other debris from the shoreline and bottom of the cove, making for a cleaner and safer recreation experience. The divers spent a combined 31 dive hours during the event. Two canoes, a kayak, and the larger boats retrieved debris that the divers brought up.

Cans, bottles, and plastic cups made the bulk of the litter. Divers also found some more unique items including a tire, watch, cell phone, and anchor. The Lake Havasu Sea Scouts who participated earned an aquatic-based merit badge for their hard work and public service.

Steamboat Cove is one of 73 shoreline recreation sites BLM manages along the Colorado River. The cove is located on the Arizona side of Lake Havasu. BLM staff thank our partners for making the clean-up event a success.

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Sea Scouts bring in the trash collected from the bottom of Steamboat Cove. Photo: Chris Wonderly/BLM
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BLM staff removed the trash and debris collected from the bottom of Steamboat Cove. Photo: Chris Wonderly/BLM