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October 11, 2012

Effie May Trail Cleanup and Nature Walk with ILACSD & Audubon Society a HUGE success!!

by Paloma Aguirre

On Saturday October 6, 2012 WiLDCOAST, I Love a Clean San Diego and San Diego Audubon Society joined forces for a cleanup and nature walk as part of the 3rd Annual Tijuana River Action Month in the Tijuana River Valley. 100 volunteers joined in the effort to remove trash and waste tires from the main Tijuana River channel in an effort to prevent debris from flowing out to the Tijuana Estuary and ocean with the first rains.

San Diego County Park Ranger supported the effort by hauling trash and tires removed by hand from the river bed to the trash container. This saved the volunteers having to walk the extra couple of hundred yards back and forth to the trash bin.

2,820 lbs of trash, 168 waste tires which equates to 3,360 lbs were removed from the river bed. The effort totaled 6,180 of solid waste prevented from flushing out to sea.

Additionally Jim Peugh from San Diego Audubon Society was at hand to talk to youth about the amazing native wildlife that can be found in the Tijuana River Valley.

WiLDCOAST would like to thank I Love a Clean San Diego, San Diego Adubon Society, REI, San Diego County Department of Public Works, the City of San Diego and especially all the volunteers for working together to restore the Tjuana River!

A special thank to Justin De Shields for taking some amazing photos. See slideshow below:



Photos by WiLDCOAST below: