The weirdest thing Henry Wang has found in a B.C. lake is a drowned snake in a bottle. But he’d be more surprised if he plumbed the depths and found nothing at all.
In the past three years, Wang and his cleanup crew — Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans — have netted everything from beer cans and swim trunks to stolen laptops from the Lower Mainland’s lakes and inlets. They’ve bagged 8,434 kilograms of trash — almost 8½ tons — in 54 separate dives since 2013.
And the trend isn’t ebbing. So far this year, the non-profit group has hauled in 1,343 kg of junk from local lakes, including Buntzen, Sasamat and Alice — already more than half the 2,443 kg collected in 2015.