Sheila Pell 8:30 a.m., May 22
Another 50 tons of debris removed from site of former A-8 anchorage
The Port of San Diego announced progress yesterday (August 1) on another phase in its ongoing effort to clean up the bay floor around the notorious former A-8 free anchorage.
A-8, the last of the long-term free anchorages to be shut down in San Diego, once housed a small community of water-dwelling San Diegans. But it was also home to many castoff, and sometimes unseaworthy vessels, which tended to sink when storms buffeted the bay.
In 2008, the Port began a cleanup project of the area, using $50,000 of its own funds and another $340,000 in grants. A total of 315 tons of debris were plucked from the bottom of the bay, including 75 sunken vessels as well as “batteries, engines, generators, fuel and other storage tanks, bicycles, various electronics, and a bathtub.”
A recent survey of the area below the old A-8, however, revealed another 945 items still submerged. The current cleanup project, funded by another $219,500 in grant money, will remove an estimated 50 tons of debris by the time it’s completed in September.
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- Pirates, sharks, and boat debris of Zuniga Point — May 20, 2017
- $500,000 Available for San Diego Bay Environmental Projects — July 30, 2012
- Port's Environmental Fund After Five Years — June 24, 2011
- Best of 2000: Best Free Moorings In San Diego — Dec. 28, 2000
- There Floats the Neighborhood — Aug. 2, 1984