Archive for September, 2014

International Coastal Cleanup Day – meeting directions !

Monday, September 15th, 2014

We are ready to have some fun and help protect our backyard here in the South Bay –  the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Reserve.

We will be waiting for you at the “very” end of F St and Bayshore Bikeway. Sometimes it can be confusing because F St turns into Lagoon Dr for about a block or so, to then become F St again. So we will be gathering at the end where the street takes a left turn and becomes Bayshore Bikeway.

You can leave your car at the Bayshore Blvd. Park and walk a block West or try to park right on Bayshore Bikeway in front of the cleanup site, but space there can be very limited. Even then, we would like to still encourage you to carpool, ride public transportation or add more miles to that bicycle sitting in the garage :)



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Sweetwater Marsh Cleanup as part of International Coastal Cleanup Day – September 20th 2014

Thursday, September 11th, 2014


It is that time of the year again. We join the hundreds of cleanups around San Diego County, California and the rest of the world to celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day 2014. As you all know Oceanforce Foundation and its crew of local volunteers has taken on the great challenge of working to protect and restore a neglected area of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Chula Vista, California. Once used as an illegal dump site by the community the area also hosted a homeless encampment for a few years. The foot and car traffic cutting through the area as well as boat repair facilities adjacent on the South side of the marsh also contributed to the amount of trash being found there.

Proof to the degree of pollution and the risk the local and migrating wildlife  face under this conditions is the over 40 tons of trash and debris that we were able to remove from the area on last year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. We were only able to accomplish this feat with the amazing support of our friends from The U.S. Navy, the San Diego Port Tenant’s Association, Wells Fargo and Iron X/DNG employees, as well as Students from Castle Park High School, the South Bay Sea Scouts and a large number of community members. On that date  four 40 ft long roll off dumpsters were filled to the top with trash that had accumulated through the South West end of the marsh and along the shore line in the San Diego Bay.

Even though trash can still be found through the native vegetation as well as along the bay shore it is mostly composed of smaller plastic items, some tires, fishing gear as well as fast food derived items like cups and containers. Surveys conducted through the year show us the amount of trash in this portion of the marsh is as low as it as ever been. This feels like a huge accomplishment for us and we expect to have a much easier time cleaning up the marsh on Saturday September 20th 2014.

If you haven’t done so yet please sign up in advance for the cleanup by going to www.cleanupday.org and stay tuned to our website and social media sites for any last minute information on the event. Thank you all for your continuos support. See you there!

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