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River Assessment Field Team

2 X per Week River Survey Team

Guided by a staff person, volunteers help scout for trash and other issues by hiking into the riverbed Tuesdays, Fridays and other days. They collect data using our own smartphone app, which informs future communuty river clean-ups and our efforts to support programs working to reduce the number of people living in the riverbed.

New volunteers are encouraged!
If you are interested, contact our office at 619-297-7380 or by email.


In addition to our week day teams, we organize quarterly comprehensive surveys of a 20+ miles section of the river. More than 100 people are engaged in this activity! If you are interested, please let us know.


River Assessment Field Team Data: click here.


Our Strategy to Reduce the Number of People living in the Riverbed:

1. Collect data. Share this data to increase awareness of the population of people that live in the riverbed and to support multiple agencies addressing these issues.


2. Treat people as people. The people living in the riverbed are members of our community. We start from a value that all people should be respected. We seek to help people by connecting them with services that can help them start on a road to getting away from living in floodprone areas.


3. Collaborate. We actively seek partnerships to be part of the solution. The people living in the riverbed are often called "those that are hardest to reach." That has been our experience. It requires constant effort, innovative strategies and data to make a difference.


If you are interested in learning more, please let us know. Our dream is that one day no one will find themselves living in areas that flood, without potable water and restrooms, and in terrible living conditions.



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