This weekend, you can take part in keeping San Diego clean. Hundreds of volunteers will gather at San Diego Bay to participate in one of California’s largest environmental clean up events. Operation Clean Sweep, presented by the San Diego Port Tenants Association in partnership with the Port of San Diego, will take place on Saturday, June 7 at various locations around San Diego Bay.
This event is sponsored by the Port, San Diego Gas & Electric, the U.S. Navy, The U.S. Coast Guard, General Dynamics/NASSCO and several other businesses and the clean up usually yields over 400 cubic yards of trash.
Last year, three sunken sailboats were retrieved in addition to several toilets, tools, engines and batteries. In the Chollas Creek portion of the clean up, over 50 car tires, 10 shopping carts, five mattresses, a lawnmower and a disco ball were found.
U.S. Navy and civilian divers scour the bay’s floor to locate the items and volunteers use vessels and heavy equipment to lift it out of the water. Volunteers also will pick up litter and debris that washes ashore.
There are three locations for the clean up. These include Cesar Chavez Park, located at Cesar Chavez Parkway and Crosby Road in San Diego, Chollas Creek in San Diego and Pepper Park in National City. The Chollas Creek registration will be at Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication, 1625 Rigel Street, beginning at 7 a.m. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old for this location. Volunteer registration opens at 7:30 a.m. for the Cesar Chavez Park and Pepper Park locations.
All volunteers are invited to the Treasure Junk Hunt Party, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at Cesar Chavez Park. Prizes will be awarded for the most unusual trash collected and a barbecue lunch will be served.
**all information taken from Port of San Diego website**