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Clean up of San Diego River homeless encampment, chop shop to begin

Posted: 4:39 PM, Apr 25, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-25 23:39:57Z
San Diego leaders to clear homeless camp
San Diego leaders to clear homeless camp
San Diego leaders to clear homeless camp

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The site of a massive homeless encampment discovered along the San Diego River will be cleaned out tomorrow, city officials said Tuesday.

The city said council member Scott Sherman accompanied San Diego Police, State Fish and Wildlife personnel, SDPD's Homeless Outreach Team, and others to investigate reports of "illegal activity," and clear out an encampment.

"What was found was absolutely shocking. The homeless encampment was nearly an acre large and filled with discarded trash, human waste, and stolen items," a city statement said.

Authorities also reported finding a functioning bicycle chop-shop at the site.

Wednesday morning, Council member Sherman, city staff, and volunteers will begin clearing the site of the trash left behind.

"Now that these camps have been abandoned, clean-up efforts will begin to remove debris that has been left behind in this sensitive habitat," the statement continued.

Local experts became concerned that the site's condition could cause harm to the surrounding river ecosystem.