A three-year environmental cleanup project in the southern portion of San Diego Bay is coming to an end.
The Port of San Diego’s Environmental Services Department – with the help of its various partners – worked together to clean up nearly 130 acres of the bay in an area known as the pdf A8 Anchorage (1.01 MB) .
“This is an anchorage that was in South San Diego Bay and was a free anchorage,” said David Merk, director of the Port’s Environmental Services Department. “At one point in time, there were over 100 vessels with ‘liveaboards’ in this area. In October 2008, the anchorage closed, and since then, all of the vessels have left or been removed. What we’ve been left with is a variety of debris at the bottom of the bay that we’ve been focused on, and that’s the A8 project.”
Through grant funding, the Port waged a formidable battle against the debris field. The funds included $200,000 from the State Water Resources Control Board “Clean-Up and Abatement Account,” $100,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries and $50,000 from the Port’s Environmental Fund.