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.
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 email@example.com