Cleaning up Puget Sound: ‘One Battery at a Time’

(Photos courtesy Laura James)
Every weekend, volunteers work on projects big and small to improve the world. Local divers are working to improve the world you can’t see unless you’re literally immersed in it. Laura James, who has shared many in-the-Sound sights here on WSB, has launched “One Battery at a Time,” and tells the story on her website of the first effort, yesterday, to bring up abandoned batteries that wound up in the water.

As a side note – they found a surprise in the process, as told humorously on this site (if you aren’t familiar with gunnels, Laura offered this example). More “One Battery at a Time” dives are in the works.

6 Replies to "Cleaning up Puget Sound: 'One Battery at a Time'"

  • RG January 15, 2012 (7:27 pm)

    To those who clean up our waterways: you are my heroes!

  • seewhatsealionsstart January 15, 2012 (8:55 pm)

    Sincerest gratitude to you Laura, and your team, for hauling out the sunken garbage/pollution. I’m certain the gunnel thanks you too. Such care.

  • DiverLaura January 15, 2012 (8:59 pm)


    here is a slightly longish video of what it was like to remove a battery… of course there are other ways to do it (boats, commercial salvage people, etc…) that are likely more efficient, but we are working with what we have… doing what we can :)

    I want to thank my dive buddies Adrian, Lamont and the other team members of Beneath the Looking Glass Project for their support and friendship as I tilt at windmills with these shenanigans… Without all of them this wouldn’t be possible!

  • The Farm January 16, 2012 (9:07 am)

    Thanks for doing this!

  • bridge to somewhere January 16, 2012 (9:23 am)


  • DiverLaura January 16, 2012 (8:34 pm)

    We were able to bring up a second battery today, this one was almost double the weight of the one on Saturday… If weather permits, we hope to be taking another of the sound tomorrow, and then to Seattle Iron & Metal Corp tomorrow for recycling!!

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