Paddling For Wildlife In The San Diego River


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margl1440margr1440vieww9000viewh8400viewkind0 pardtx720tx1440tx2160tx2880tx3600tx4320tx5040tx5760tx6480tx7200tx7920tx8640qlqnaturalpardirnatural f0fs24 cf0>>Reporter: THE SOUTHERN
WILDLIFE PRESERVE STRETCHES
ALONG THREE MILES OF THE SAN
DIEGO RIVER, ONE OF THE LAST
URBAN ESTUARIES OF ITS TYPE
REMAINING IN CALIFORNIA.
THIS IS HOME TO ENDANGERED BIRDS
AND A STOP ON THE PACIFIC
FLYWAY.
ON THIS EARLY SUNDAY MORNING, 54
VOLUNTEERS ARE USING KAYAKS AND
CANOES TO CLEAN UP THE RIVER,
WHILE OTHERS PICK UP TRASH ON
THE SHORELINE.
>>WE ARE GOING TO CLEAN UP THE
TRASH THAT’S FLOATING ON THE

ESTUARY.
THIS IS A WILDLIFE PRESERVE, BUT
WE GET SPECIAL PERMISSION ONCE A
YEAR OUTSIDE OF NESTING SEASON
TO GO IN THERE AND GET
EVERYTHING OUT.
LAST CHANCE BEFORE IT HITS THE
OCEAN.
>>Reporter: ROB HUTSEL WITH
THE SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK
FOUNDATION SAYS ONLY 5% OF THE
ORIGINAL COASTAL WETLANDS REMAIN
IN CALIFORNIA, AND THIS IS ONE
OF THOSE AREAS.
IT’S ALSO HOME TO ENDANGERED
BIRDS.
>>ONE OF THOSE IS THE CLAPPER
RAIL, WHICH IS A VERY ENDAGERED
SPECIES OF BIRD THAT LIVES RIGHT
OUT HERE.
THERE ARE A FEW HUNDRED OF THEM
IN THE WORLD.
AND WE’RE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A
FEW OF THEM.
IT’S ALSO JUST AN AREA THAT’S
BEAUTIFUL.

IT’S PART OF MISSION BAY PARK.
PEOPLE COME BY — TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ON A SUMMER
DAY COME BY HERE, AND YOU DON’T
WANT TO SEE TRASH OUT HERE.
>>Reporter: WHICH IS ONE
REASON THE VOLUNTEERS ARE
NAVIGATING THE REEDS TO REMOVE
TENNIS BALLS, PLASTIC BOTTLES,
AND OTHER TRASH.
>>GARBAGE, EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK!
RECYCLING AND GARBAGE!
WE SEPARATE IT.
THIS IS GARBAGE.
AND THIS IS RECYCLING.
>>YOU’RE ONLY ABOUT 15 MINUTES
INTO STARTING TO PICK THINGS UP.
>>YEAH.
IT’S AMAZING, WHERE YOU DON’T
ACTUALLY SEE IT, IT’S THERE.
IT’S BEEN IN THE WATER SO LONG,
IT LOOKS LIKE PART OF THE WATER,
BUT IT DOESN’T DECOMPOSE OR
BIODEGRADE.
>>Reporter: THERE’S A LOT OF
TENNIS BALLS

PEOPLE ARE FINDING SO FAR THIS
MORNING IN THE RIVER.
THESE ARE JUST TWO OF MANY.
IT’S A LITTLE THICKER IN HERE,
SO IT’S NOT QUITE AS EASY TO
PADDLE THROUGH TO PICK UP THIS
TRASH.
THAT’S WHY THEY DO THIS SPECIAL
CLEANUP ONCE A YEAR, WITH
SPECIAL PERMISSION, TO COME INTO
THIS PART OF THE SAN DIEGO RIVER
ESTUARY TO PICK UP THIS TRASH.
THERE IS A LOT OF IT HERE.
>>I FOUND A LID.
DOES THAT COUNT FOR A DRINK?
>>Reporter: YOU REALLY CAN’T
SEE JUST HOW MUCH TRASH AND
LITTER IS IN THE REEDS OF THE
ESTUARY UNTIL YOU GET IN THE
WATER.
>>UNFORTUNATELY, SITES LIKE
THIS ARE FAR TOO COMMON IN THIS
PRESS TEEN SECTION OF THE SAN
DIEGO RIVER.
WE FIND LOTS OF PLASTIC BOTTLES,
A LOT OF ALCOHOL BOTTLES, A

FRISBEE.
THIS PLASTIC TRASH IN THIS PART
OF THE ESTUARY IS FAR, FAR, TOO
COMMON.
MATT COCHRAN OF POWAY IS FINDING
HIS SHARE OF PLASTIC AND OTHER
TRASH.
>>I’VE FOUND 20 TENNIS BALLS, A
WHOLE BUNCH OF BOTTLES, PLASTIC,
GLASS, STYROFOAM, PLASTIC BAGS.
>>Reporter: IT’S COCHRAN’S
SECOND YEAR PULLING TRASH FROM
THE ESTUARY.
HE PLANS TO OFFLOAD HIS FULL
BOAT AND HEAD OUT TO PICK UP
MORE.
ROB HUTSEL SAYS THIS SERVES AS A
BAROMETER FOR THE OVERALL HEALTH
OF THE RIVER.
>>IT’S THE END OF THE PIPE.
ALL THE OTHER STUFF, THE
POLLUTANTS IN THE RIVER,
EVENTUALLY WASHES DOWN HERE, SO
IT TELLS US HOW HEALTHY IT IS.
>>Reporter: HE SAYS THEY’RE
SEEING LESS TRASH IN THE RIVER,

BUT THE OVERALL WATER QUALITY
RATES A “C” GRADE.
HERE IS
THE RUNDOWN.
.
>>Reporter: THE MOST UNUSUAL
ITEM WAS A MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE.}

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  1. Seems odd that you are surprised over the amount of tennis balls…you are a few football fields away from OB dog beach.

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