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September 19, 2011

2500 lbs. of trash removed from Otay Valley Regional Park

150 Community Members Participate in CA Coastal Cleanup Day in the OVRP
The Otay Valley army of restoration volunteers!

CA Coastal Cleanup Day 2011 in the Otay Valley Regional Park was a smashing success. Irene Barajas again coordinated the assistance of Girl Scout Troop 5912 and their parents, complete with custom painted trash picker buckets and pink Girl Scout regalia. In addition to cans, bottles, and discarded clothing, the 28 girls collected close to 600 cigarette butts and a queen sized much for smoking in bed in the OVRP!...not gonna happen.

The congregation of Iglesia Ni Cristo, located a mere 10 feet from the Otay Valley Regional Park, showed up in force with 80 volunteers ready to tackle the Material Out of Place (MOOP). This was the 1st CA Coastal Cleanup Day for church-goers, and children and adults alike excavated old fencing, unearthed ancient car tires, and meticulously picked chards of glass from under bushes and rocks.

In the west end of The Otay Valley Regional Park at Saturn Blvd. (behind Home Depot in San Diego) 30 Girl Scout volunteers worked with OVRP Ranger John Barone for their cleanup project to collect about 1000 lbs. of trash.

Special thanks goes out to Irene Barajas and the participating mothers of Girl Scout Troop 5912, Luther Bobis and Minister Joel J. Julag-ay from Iglesia Ni Cristo Church in Chula Vista, Bruegger's Bagels in Coronado for our bagel donations, and OVRP Ranger John Barone.

Community particiapion in the stewardship and habitat restoration in the Otay Valley Regional Park is essential for the preservation of this south San Diego Bay open space gem. Please contact AJ Schneller at 619-333-9087 if you'd like to get involved in working/volunteering in the park, or would like to arrange a guided walking or Mt. Bike tour free of charge, to see the riparian habitat, and native wildlife in the Otay Valley Regional Park.