June 15, 2011

Chollas Creek

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Where: National Avenue, Southcrest, San Diego

When: May 2011

As I was shooting photos of the creekbed, a woman walked over from the apartment buildings to the right and asked, "What're you taking pictures of, all the trash?" No, I said, I just thought this was an interesting view. What I didn't say was that I didn't see much trash.

As it turns out, Chollas Creek, which runs through some of San Diego's poorest neighborhoods, has been a dumping ground for decades. Efforts are being made to clean up the creek, including a 20-year, $42 million plan the city adopted eight years ago. Still, there's a lot of junk in the creekbed, and when it rains, all that junk makes its way toward San Diego Bay.

I didn't know any of this that day, wasn't even sure if this was a streambed or an old road. People do sometimes drive on it, the woman told me. The channeling was done in the 1950s as a flood-control measure, but the head of a group dedicated to rehabilitating the creek says "it destroyed the ecosystem."

It's good to know some folks are trying to undestroy it.

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