The cleanup attracted dozens of volunteers who collected more than 12,600 pounds of trash (including tires, TV sets, refrigerators and sofas). The effort has garnered the attention of important PR officials such as Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla, whose executive order will create a committee to oversee dredging the long Martin Pena Channel. That channel, a critical pathway to the ocean that once flushed and cleaned the lagoons, required a boat to cross. Today, it is so choked with debris that one can walk across it.