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When I was a kid I was forced to participate in the Soldotna Clean-Up Days by my parents. We walked the ditches cleaning up a year’s worth of trash after the snow had melted and before the tourists would arrive. Like most parents, I make my kids do what I had to do. So in 2005 and 2006 when Geneva’s NetLeman was just getting started I signed up my family to clean the shores of Lac Leman.

NetLeman Clean-Up Sept. 2006

Quite honestly back then the divers had a great time while the people on shore were kind of treated like second rate citizens so we discontinued our service. HOWEVER, here we are eleven years down the road and on Saturday and Sunday, May 21 &22 the eighth edition of NetLeman is bigger and better organized than ever.

NetLeman poster

Each year 10 to 20 tons of garbage are picked up from in and around the lake where it is either recycled or not. You wouldn’t believe the items that are found: metal cables, tires, bicycles, shopping carts, and one year, to my little boy’s delight, a gun.


Photo from Aqua Diving NetLeman 2005

Volunteers can sign up to dive in 12C water, work the lake side or if you have a SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboard), you can clean the shore from the waterside. For more information, check out their website here. I look forward to signing up my family this year, though I expect with their PADI certificates this year they’ll be diving.

We are a group of international women living in Geneva, Switzerland.  If you would like to join the AIWC, please visit our website at http://www.aiwcgeneva.org/