3 p.m., Dec. 11
Operation Clean Sweep Prepares for 21st Year
The San Diego Port Tenants’ Association is gearing up for the 21st installment of its annual Operation Clean Sweep project around San Diego Bay. The U.S. Navy, Port of San Diego, and several local tenants are also participating.
During the cleanup, volunteer divers locate debris on the bottom of the bay, signaling others in boats with equipment to haul junk up and ashore. More volunteers walk the shorelines, picking up trash. Collection has netted enough to fill ten 40-yard dumpsters in years past, including items such as sunken boats, old toilets, and a 1970s-era phone booth.
“The Port of San Diego, along with the San Diego Port Tenants Association, is extremely grateful to these volunteers for taking the time out of their weekends to join in this effort. This is truly a great example of community spirit,” said Scott Peters, Chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners in a post on the Port’s website.
Though the cleanups have historically spanned the length of the bay, Chula Vista is the focus of this year’s work. Crews at various locations are still looking for volunteers, with individual operations running from 7 or 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., after which a free party will offer up food, refreshments, and beer to participants. Event locations, start times, and information about each cleanup site can be found here.