San Diego River cleared of trash, homeless encampments

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The San Diego River will stay clean in the future with the help of private property owners and public agencies, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer said Wednesday.

The group has led cleanup efforts along 17 miles of the river, leading to the removal of 130 tons of trash. The number of homeless encampments has also been cut in half since September 2017, the mayor’s office reported.

The City of San Diego owns about one-third of the riverfront property. The rest is split between private owners, public agencies, and the San Diego River Park Foundation (SDRPF).

They include:

  • Atomic Investments
  • Brighton Management
  • California Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Caltrans
  • Colliers International
  • County of San Diego
  • Denton Edmond Testamentary Trust
  • HG Fenton
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Nazareth House of San Diego
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego
  • San Diego Metropolitan Transit System

“We’re making tremendous progress toward restoring the San Diego River to its natural beauty,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Now we’re taking it to the next level by partnering with private property owners and other public agencies that are willing to do their part to clean up the riverbed so it can be enjoyed by San Diegans for generations to come. The preservation of the San Diego River must be a shared responsibility by everyone along the river and only by working together will we get the job done.”

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