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Cleaning Up The San Diego River

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Aired 4/19/09

A group of volunteers have special permission to use kayaks and canoes Saturday in the San Diego River Estuary. KPBS Environment Reporter Ed Joyce explains.

The San Diego River Park Foundation will be using the boats to remove trash and other debris from the estuary between the Sunset Cliffs bridge and past the Mission Bay bridge.

Program Manager Richard Dhu says the volunteers will clean up the area for migratory birds and species such as egrets and herons that make the estuary a year round home.

Dhu: We're just hoping to really go in there and put a nice shine on the area especially with the nesting season beginning in March.

He says volunteers will also be removing trash and other debris from the shoreline.

The wildlife habitat preserve is home to nesting birds and is a stopping point each year for many species along the Pacific Flyway between Mexico and Alaska.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

 

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