Cleanup of San Diego River begins

December 30, 2017 by  

Over the years, tons of debris and waste have fouled the San Diego River, leading Mayor Kevin Faulconer to announce an effort to clean it up, according to the CBS8 website.

Crews started work recently, concentrating on the areas around Grantville and the SDCCU Stadium. In total, 10 tons of debris was hauled away in the first four days, and at Faulconer’s orders, crews will be on the job twice a week for the next several months.

Faulconer called the river “one of San Diego’s most beloved natural resources,” adding that the effort to restore it to a pristine condition will be both sustained and prolonged. Part of the effort will go into making sure the river remains clean.

The area is represented by Councilman Scott Sherman, who played near the river when he was young. He notes that the river’s ecosystem is sensitive, and playing there helped him learn to love the outdoors, which he does to this day. He is looking forward to seeing the river returned to its natural condition.

The San Diego River rises in the Cuyamaca Mountains near Julian, then flows into the El Capitan Reservoir, and from there continues west, through Mission Valley just a few miles north of downtown, until it empties into the Pacific Ocean.

Efforts like this can impact an entire community, so officials might work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer to keep residents informed of progress.