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Operation Clean Sweep to Take Place Saturday, August 25

Operation Clean Sweep, the San Diego Port Tenants Association’s annual event to spruce up San Diego Bay and its shoreline, will take place Saturday, August 25, 2018.

At the event, volunteers from the public work hand in hand with Port staff, Port tenant employees, the military and Harbor Police to remove trash and debris from the bay’s shoreline and beneath its surface.  Debris ranges from discarded paper products to tires, shopping carts, toilets and even refrigerators.  One year, a telephone booth from the 1970s was pulled out of San Diego Bay by volunteer divers!  Last year, nearly 24,000 pounds of trash was collected.

The public is invited to participate. There are two cleanup sites that are ideal for children, one at Marina View Park in Chula Vista (900 Marina Parkway, Chula Vista) and a site in the Barrio Logan neighborhood.  Check in for the Barrio Logan site is at California Marine Cleaning, Inc., 2049 Main Street, San Diego. Both sites begin registration at 8 a.m.

Another cleanup site is at Chollas Creek.  This area is only open to those 18 and up and participants must wear heavy duty footwear.  Check in begins at 7 a.m. at Pacific Ship Repair and Fabrication, 1625 Rigel Street, San Diego.

The check in and cleanup site for divers is at Humphrey’s Half Moon Marina, 2323 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego.  Registration and cleanup begins at 8 a.m.

Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts will be available at each registration site, as well as Operation Clean Sweep t-shirts, gloves and trash bags.

All volunteers will be rewarded with an after party that includes a catered lunch, beverages, a raffle and family entertainment.  The after party is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Park, 1449 Cesar E. Chavez Parkway, San Diego.  There will be prizes for the most unusual trash, so participants are encouraged to bring their unique findings to the party.  Participants must wear their Operation Clean Sweep t-shirt to gain entrance to the after party.

Operation Clean Sweep is sponsored by the San Diego Port Tenants Association, the Port of San Diego, Navy Region Southwest, the United States Coast Guard, San Diego Gas & Electric, Edco Waste & Recycling Services and dozens of Port tenant businesses.



About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.


Port of San Diego Environment champions the safekeeping and environmental care of our diverse ecosystems. Year after year, environmental goals are set and measured to evolve environmental initiatives – ensuring San Diego Bay remains a vibrant resource and contributes to a remarkable way of life for visitors and residents for generations to come.