Four years ago, Alex Weber was diving with her father in the waters off Pebble Beach, California. Suddenly, she spotted something strange: thousands of golf balls! The hard plastic spheres cluttered the ocean floor.
Alex, who was 16 at the time, was alarmed by the trash. So she, her dad, and some friends began collecting the balls. Each time they dove, the group removed at least 500 of them. But when they returned, the seafloor would be blanketed with balls again. “They didn’t stop coming,” says Alex.
That’s because golf courses line that area of California’s coast. The golfers playing there had been hitting balls into the ocean every day for decades. Alex wondered: Why wasn’t someone fixing the problem? Then she realized that she could be that someone.