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The Big Clean
Bill Michalsky | Stratford Court

Every year, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the State’s largest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day. The newly restored San Dieguito Lagoon has become one of the regions most popular destination sites for the annual beach clean-up event with SDG&E teamed with the AG District, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and “I Love a Clean San Diego” to host several volunteer environmental activities to support the wetlands project and clean up our local beaches.

Join old friends, meet new friends and bring your family for 3 hours of volunteer activities on Saturday, September 20 from 9 am to noon at a great event that includes lunch. Over 300 volunteers participated in the event last year with everyone feeling like they really made a contribution to the local environment with activities geared to all ages and skill sets.

This year, the volunteer activities will kick off with registration at the Del Mar Fairgrounds parking lot next to the fire department with check in at 9 am. One of the activities that is planned that will truly benefit the City of Del Mar’s Lagoon Committee is to provide a lot of volunteers to assist with removing some of the non-native species of ice plants near the Grand Ave Overlook. Together, we know that we can make a big difference so we invite everyone to join what will be a large group of volunteers in working to beautify one of Del Mar’s most iconic natural locations.

In addition, there will be a lot of other volunteer activities including assisting California Fish and Wildlife agency with non-native plant removal on their trails as well as help to restore native plants next to their lagoon site. For kids, the AG District will host a mural painting that celebrates the environment. Other activities will include litter pick up on North Beach (Dog Beach), a team to help remove debris and litter from the lagoon just south of the Brigantine basin as well as clean up and non-native plant removal along the boardwalk trail that parallels the San Dieguito River.



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