August 11, 2017 2:50 pm
Updated: August 11, 2017 2:53 pm

Underwater clean-up planned for Antlers Beach near Peachland

 A Summerland, B.C. man is organizing an underwater cleanup at Antlers Beach near Peachland.
Dave Gottwald said he and his son were snorkeling there and were surprised by the large number of sandbags lying at the bottom of the lake.

The area was hit hard by this year’s flooding which caused erosion and damage to the highway.

Hundreds of sandbags were deployed.

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“We spent about an hour pulling what we could up onto the beach until we realized the job was a little bigger than we thought,” Gottwald said.

He came up with the idea to drum up some volunteers and make a day of it.

“It’s a hidden environmental garbage hazard you would never see unless you snorkeled like we did so we just decided to take action.”

Gottwald is a member of the Okanagan Forest Task Force (OFTF) which organizes backcountry cleanups.

“The OFTF does great work in the backcountry and this is just a water-based extension of that,” Gottwald said.

Volunteers can meet at Antlers Beach Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

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