We have an exciting project starting in the park! Five female veterans of the U.S. Armed Services have joined the National Park Service (NPS) for a week of removing marine debris from Biscayne National Park, July 5-11.
The veterans are sponsored by the Wounded American Veterans Experience SCUBA Project (WAVES), a 501c (3) non-profit established to provide opportunities for veterans with service-connected disabilities and their families to experience scuba diving. Other partners in the project include the Women Divers Hall of Fame, an organization that recognizes women leaders and innovators in the diving community. The project was made possible through funding from the National Park Foundation, the official charitable partner of the National Park Service.
The veterans are part of an all-female National Park Service and partner organization dive team, with staff members from Biscayne National Park and the NPS Submerged Resources Center, as well as the University of Miami. The team is working from a Horizon Divers charter boat, also crewed by an entirely female team.
Watch for more posts this week profiling these amazing women and the work they're doing in the park!
National Park Foundation Women Divers Hall of Fame Horizon Divers: Scuba Diving, Key Largo, FL National Park Service Submerged Resources Center University of Miami RSMAS