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June 06, 2011

Community Mobilizes for National Trails Day Cleanup in the Tijuana River Valley

State Assembly member Ben Hueso Leads Effort
image by Paloma Aguirre

On June 4, 2011 WiLDCOAST and the Union of Pan Asian Communities (UPAC) led the National Trails Day cleanup in the Tijuana River Valley. Over 98 volunteers from SDGE and UPAC’s youth program helped remove over 30 ocean bound waste-tires and close to 900 lbs of trash from the Effie May's Trail in the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park.

State Assembly member Ben Hueso kicked off the event by thanking the volunteers for coming to the cleanup and tackling the bi-national challenges associated with waste-water and solid waste in the Tijuana River. "its is important for the community to speak up for these issues" he said "having a healthy park and healthy oceans is important so we can all enjoy nature".

Dozens of kids from the UPAC's after school program joined the effort after having had educational presentations on the environmental, economic and public health impacts Tijuana River pollution has on our community.

“Events like these are important for everyone to get involved and do their part to help cleanup our region and spread awareness about over-consumption, responsible consumer use, and proper waste management” said James Diokno UPAC Program leader "cleanups are really good for the kids to see the end result of over-consumption and giving them something tangible as to how our everyday practices impact the environment."

Nationals Trails Day cleanup in the Tijuana River Valley 2011 was possible thanks to a CAL-RECYCLE grant funded through the San Diego County and generous support from SDGE and Allied Waste Services.