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Hannah F
10 southstreet, slip 7
(Governors Island)
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the project

We are high school students at the New York Harbor School and in the SCUBA diving program, as such the health of New York Harbor is extremely important to us. Our project is to certify all of our diving students as Project AWARE Dive Against Debris divers. This will allow us to work in the New York Harbor by removing trash from our local waters. Not only do we work cleaning trash from the water, but we also work with the Billion Oyster Project helping to restore oysters whose filtration abilities remove unseeable contaminants as well. The combination of filtration and cleaning the litter from the waters will change the fate of the harbor for future generations. With funding, our diving students will be able to put their hard earned skills to good use.


the steps

  1. Prepare all lessons.

  2. Teach lessons about project AWARE on pollution.

  3. Certify students with underwater clean up dive.

  4. Perform beach cleanups for surface support

  5. Report all trash found to the Project AWARE database.

  6. Repeat cleanup dives when possible.

why we're doing it

As divers we tackle environmental issues in our own backyard, the harbor. The New York Harbor is extremely dirty due to constant pollution. Most of the littering that happens on the city streets will end up in our waterways. New York has an antiquated combined sewage system, so the rainfall reaches around 1/4 inch, sewage treatment plants are overloaded and combined sewer overflow pipes open and let all the sewage and trash flow directly into the harbor. For the health and safety of our divers, we do not dive until after 72 hours from the end of the rainfall.  As we like to say, everything ends up in the harbor. A large portion of New Yorkers don't understand the extent in which our harbor has deteriorated. There was once a time when you could reach into the water and grab an oyster that was safe to eat. Now nothing from the harbor is consumable. Fishing is only for sport and oyster reefs are only for restoration. The biodiversity in our waters will only get worse with the amount of pollution being created. The divers at the New York Harbor School wish to change these facts. We can not reverse anything, but we can help by restoring the oyster population and removing the trash.



Dive Gear: 3000

Gear Maintenece: 2000

Certifications: 1500

Underwater and Beach Cleanup Materials: 500

ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $218



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