Locals pitched in Saturday to help clear trash at the San Diego River, taking part in one of the many events that make up the annual San Diego River Days celebration.
Hosted by the San Diego River Park Foundation, River Days aims to inspire locals to work towards preserving the historic San Diego River and the San Diego region.
Sarah Hutmatcher said River Days is an important part of helping to restore beauty to the San Diego region.
“River Days is all about celebrating what the river has to offer and all the ways you can enjoy it, and be a part of the solution to help deal with some of the issues it’s facing,” Hutmachter told NBC 7’s Ramon Galindo.
The two-weekend celebration includes environmental education events for kids, hiking, service projects and more.
Also, locals can take tours of places that usually are not available to the public.
The San Diego River runs 52 miles from the mountains near Julian to Ocean Beach and offers many opportunities for nature exploration, recreation and discovery.
California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (District 78) participated in River Days events last weekend, on May 13, when the festivities officially kicked off.
Over the last 15 years, the San Diego River Park Foundation has taken out two million pounds from the river.