Archive for February, 2013

Friends of the Sweetwater Marsh video !

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

There is still a lot of work to be done to restore this neglected area of the marsh. Please watch the video and subscribe to our YouTube channel. Help us spread the work about our community’s work and stay tunned for our next community action day.

Thanks to each and everyone of you who are making this restoration and preservation project possible. Thanks to the City of Chula Vista, the Home Depot Foundation, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service for their continuous support.


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Second Sweetwater Marsh Cleanup Recap

Friday, February 1st, 2013


With no one around, you can hear the many sounds of migratory birds. So much life and peace. This area of the Sweetwater Marsh is perhaps one of the most beautiful and neglected areas of the Marsh.

Bayshore Bikeway Route

You can take a ride through our special spot in the Sweetwater Marsh (in red). Show some love for the marsh and support our city’s new bayshore bikeway route. It is pretty awesome!


Copper formations can be found all over the Sweetwater Marsh. Copper is one of the main components used for manufacturing “copper antifouling paint”, which is broadly used on recreational boats in the U.S.


Copper ban efforts fell through in June of last year, this kind of polluting litter will continue to be found along our shores. As community members we must be more involved in efforts to put a stop to these type of issues. Educate yourself and be part of the solution.


Tires and marina dock pieces lay on the shore. Some of these debris is only accessible on low tide and is very hard to pull out and dispose. Most of the times we use shovels and ropes to dig them out.


The beauty of the area is a tremendous contrast to the amount of trash and debris that can be found here. It is easy to spot wildlife tracks and see tons of birds and other mammals.


We found tons of chemically treated wood in the tidal creek of the marsh. Here, the cleanup experts, Jeff and Dana cut the logs and wood structures. These guys have been part of environmental advocacy efforts in San Diego for decades. Thanks for sharing the wisdom and participating gentlemen!


Youth leader Alex taking a break after a morning of hard work. This young local friend is an active Oceanforce member and is currently a sailor in training with theĀ  South Bay Sea Scouts. Way to go Alex!


We may come from different walks of life and backgrounds but truth is we are all connected. What we do, affects the other. We are thankful to have such great people in our community. Thank you for coming and working so hard to clean up and protect our beautiful marsh.


So much trash!!!!! AH!!!!!

_MG_1698A shout out to the City of Chula Vista, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Living Coast Discovery Center, Sprouts Supermarket, Home Depot Foundation and Republic Services for supporting our work! Thank you for helping make our efforts possible.

The work is not over. Please stay tuned for more information on future cleanups. The Sweetwater Marsh Restoration and Preservation Project is an ongoing effort. We still have much work to do to prevent any further pollution of this amazing area. Join the force, Oceanforce!!


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