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July 19, 2010

15 tons of ocean-bound trash removed from Alacran Canyon in Tijuana

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On Saturday, July 24, Tijuana Calidad de Vida and WiLDCOAST partnered with over 20 city workers and about 45 local residents to clean-up the Alacran Canyon in Los Laureles Tijuana, a sub-basin of the Tijuana River.
Supported by the Solid Waste Department of the City of Tijuana, two large man-operated excavators and volunteers filled up seven dump trucks and two large waste bins with over 15 tons of solid waste and trash. This prevented this ocean-bound waste from making its way across the border and into the Tijuana River Valley once the rains start.

"I’m here because I have a problem with trash" said Miguel, a Tijuana resident. When asked why he had come to the cleanup he said: "I really hate trash and can't let it wash out to the ocean. We all must do our part."

Solid-waste prevented from crossing the border into the Tijuana River Valley: 15 tons
Hours worked: Four hours
Local residents: 65
Number of dump trucks: Seven
5 ton waste bins filled: two
Heavy duty excavators: two

Tijuana Calidad de Vida and WiLDCOAST would like to thank the City if Tijuana, IMPLAN and San Diego Coastkeeper for their support.

For a full picture slideshow click here: Alacran Canyon Clean Up.

Benjamin Winkler-McCue is Program Manager for WiLDCOAST’S Tijuana River Watershed Program.