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September 13, 2011

WiLDCOAST's Trash Assessment Project in the Tijuana River Valley Supported by 4 Walls International

By Paloma Aguirre
Aerial View of the Federally protected Tijuana Estuary and River Mouth

WiLDCOAST’s  trash assessment project for the City of San Diego’s Storm Water department in the Tijuana River Valley was supported this last weekend by 4 Walls International, a non profit organization who’s mission is to address environmental and humanitarian issues by promoting self sustaining practices in the developing world supported

The focus of this project is to gain a better understanding of the types of trash that are found in the valley, their geo-location  and the areas where it concentrates the most.

During the course of three days, sorting through hundreds of pounds of trash, was at times overwhelming. At one point a squirrel began harvesting pieces of a semi-earthed trash bag and putting bits and pieces into its mouth. But, among all the styrofoam, plastic bottles, and at times foul smell, nature seemed to try and remind us of the contrasting beauty that exists in the valley. After walking almost a mile on what seemed an endless hollow ground of debris and waste we found an 8 ft sunflower plant and, almost on cue, a huge butterfly came to feed on one of its flowers, as a ray of sunlight shined on it.

On another ocassion, after walking over almost 80 ft of trash and debris West of the Dairy Mart Rd Bridge, we were trying to find an alternate path out by going through the willows or what I would like to call “aracno-forrest”, Waylon and Steve from 4 Walls spotted this plant in the middle of dead branches and spiderwebs with beautiful large, (and rare) red flowers.

WiLDCOAST would like to thank 4 Walls International for their support, hard work and dedication to conservation.

Here is a short a video shot and edited by Steve from 4 Walls: Video of Project

Or to learn more about 4 Walls International Go Here