photos by Mayela Padilla

Creek to Bay Cleanup

x_cleanup4I Love a Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) 14th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup drew a wide array of environmentally minded volunteers to 110 sites around the county. Over 6,000 volunteers removed 150,000 pounds of litter from the San Diego landscape during the three-hour event. Over three quarters of the sites were focused on inland areas, including canyons, waterways, and street sweeps.

x_cleanup2The event also marked the end of ILACSD’s Matching Funds Campaign, which started with a $25,000 donation from RSF residents Chuck and Gail Kendall. According to ILACSD, the aim was to match each additional donation in an effort to raise an additional $25,000 to connect 30,000 of San Diego’s youth to nature in a way that inspires them to help protect it for life.

x_cleanup3ILACSD was founded in 1954 as the San Diego War Against Litter Committee. Ever since then, the organization has grown in scope and impact to become an influential advocate for local sustainability. ILACSD offers a number of educational and volunteer programs, including Keep America Beautiful, Clean Beach Coalition, Stormwater Outreach and Education Program, and Adopt-A-Beach Program. They offer regular beach and inland cleanup events. Learn more at www.cleansd.org.