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Correia students care for Famosa Slough

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The eighth-grade AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) class at Correia Middle School walks a trail through the Famosa Slough.
(Savanah Duffy)

Eighth-grade AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students from Correia Middle School took time out of class Sept. 19 to explore the natural beauty of Point Loma’s Famosa Slough, during a nature walk along the trail, led by Jim Peugh, chair of the Friends of Famosa Slough board.

The students were at the slough by 8 a.m., ready to remove invasive plants from the wetlands in partnership with Urban Corps of San Diego County, but it turned out a tour was all they’d have time for. Teacher Tara Jean told Point Loma-OB Monthly the students were disappointed because they wanted to participate, but as luck would have it, they got to get their hands dirty after all.

Peugh handed out plant-cutting tools and the students delighted in removing salt bush.

Urban Corps has been awarded a grant to provide restoration and community education activities at the Famosa Slough State Marine Conservation Area through SDG&E’s Environmental Champions initiative. Urban Corps members, in partnership with the Friends of the Famosa Slough, spent eight days working to remove the invasive plants and provide water quality improvements.

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Famosa Slough, 4275 to 4283 W. Point Loma Blvd., is owned and maintained by the City of San Diego as a natural park. It is a 25-acre wetland and a 12-acre natural channel connecting to the San Diego River estuary. It is flushed by salt water from the estuary, as well as rainwater from the surrounding neighborhood. For more information, e-mail lwelch@urbancorps.org


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