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November 10, 2010

Recent Rain Flushes Pollution to South Bay

Month long effort yields solid waste reduction

By Kristina LeeFOX 5 San Diego Reporter

October 20, 2010



SAN DIEGO - The recent rainfall has impacted beaches along South Bay as contaminated water from the Tijuana River Valley flows for the first time this season, according to a local organization.

"This happens every year," said Paloma Aguirre of Wildcoast, a non-profit organization.

Aguirre said the biggest problem is caused from the trash including plastics, tires, and trash collected in the Tijuana River Valley. The recent rain is flushing pollution from the contaminated river into the Pacific Ocean, effecting the South Bay coastline, including the areas from Imperial Beach to Silver Strand State Park.
"If you go out right now, you could see millions and millions of plastic bottle waiting to be carried out in the ocean," said Aguirre. "Fortunately, thanks to the efforts from all these non profits from both sides of the border, we've been able to collect about 25 tons of trash."

The latest efforts began last month and Gabriel Sanchez,of the non-profit South of the Border, said he's proud of the progress made.

"We are making big change because we are not working alone," said Sanchez.

Another clean up effort has been scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. The groups will be gathering at Dairy Mart Bridge.

"If the conditions are too wet, we may not be able to let volunteers help," said Aguirre. "If it's wet, it's polluted and can cause a health hazard. Volunteer safety is our always our priority."
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