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December 10, 2010

Students Unite to Help Wildlife and Habitat in the Otay River Valley and south San Diego Bay

Over 170 pounds of trash removed from the Otay River Valley in a matter of hours.
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A Great Egret in the southern wetlands of the San Diego Bay.

This Friday, 15 students, teachers, and chaperones from High Tech High International worked with WiLDCOAST to conduct a cleanup in the Otay Valley Regional Park, near the mouth of the Otay River and the south San Diego Bay. In a short period of time, the group had collected hundreds of cigarette butts, dozens of glass and plastic bottles, and tons of plastic wrappers and bags. The group had also collected several very interesting items including a pirate-dog stuffed animal, a guitar tuner, and a dartboard.

Community volunteers who dedicate their time to cleanup up and restore our coastal habitat and open space parks are vital to the health of our ecosystems. This year more than 550 volunteers dedicated more than 1800 hours to remove trash, maintain trails, plant native plants, and remove invasive species in the Otay River Valley. WiLDCOAST sends a special thanks to the High Tech High International volunteers and to everyone who contributed to efforts to restore important habitat in south San Diego County.