This morning volunteers spent about 3 hours removing and sheering an invasive plant called arundo that surrounds the river.
That plant drains the river of its nutrients and heightens the risk of flooding and fires.
The aggressive plant constantly grows back, so the cleanup process is ongoing.
Volunteers say they hope their efforts today will keep the river clean for a while.
Anchor (Artie Ojeda):Well this morning hundreds of San Diegans got up early to give one area some much needed TLC.
Members of the World Mission Society Church of God hosted an environmental cleanup in Mission Valley.
The church partnered with the city of San Diego for today’s event.
More than 400 volunteers came out today to help clean up the San Diego riverbed.
D. Stephanie:There is actually many giant reeds that have taken over the area, and they take the nutrients and the water away from what naturally lives here.
So we’re hoping through our efforts we can actually help restore the natural habitat.
Anchor (Artie Ojeda): Today’s event was a part of the group’s Worldwide Good Samaritan Movement.
Anchor (Kristen Cusato): The area around the San Diego River looks a little better thanks to some caring volunteers. World Mission Society Church of God partnered with the City of San Diego to help restore the natural habitat along the San Diego River in Mission Valley.
Hundreds of church members took on the task of cutting down large reeds that are a threat to the riverbed.
D. Stephanie:They’re chopping down the bamboo or the arundo in this area. I believe when you go down you’ll see for yourself, but the whole area is surrounded.
So it’s very hard work, they’re working really hard down there cutting it down, they have to chop it and put it in the giant dumpsters.
But it’s a constant process, it grows throughout the year. As I mentioned it steals all of the nutrients from the existing plant life so it’s really important to clear that out.
Anchor: the reeds do grow throughout the year so this is a process that needs to be done over and over again.
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