|Ducks in Training|
“The Rose Creek Duck Derby is going to be an exciting event for people of all ages, and we’re delighted to have San Diego City Council President Pro Tem Lightner be a part of it,” said Carolyn Chase, president of San Diego EarthWorks. The duckies are currently in training at various locations throughout Campland, and you can see photos of them hard at work on the Facebook pages for Campland and the Rose Creek Watershed.
|Going Over the Game Plan|
At 2:30 p.m., participants and onlookers will gather along the shore of Campland’s beach on Mission Bay where Rose Creek flows into the bay after its 16-mile journey from University City. The ducks will be escorted into a 75-foot long raceway. They will anxiously await the starting whistle, signaled by Council President Lightner. Winners will receive prize packages from Campland on the Bay valued at $750 (grand prize) and $400 (second and third place). The fourth place runner-up will receive an assortment of prizes from Think Blue San Diego.
The Rose Creek Duck Derby is presented by Think Blue San Diego. “Think Blue’s ‘Fowl Water’ commercial featuring rubber duckies as storm water pollution was a hit when it first aired almost a decade ago,” said Bill Harris, Supervising public information officer. Since then, the yellow ducky has been a symbol of Think Blue, reminding people that storm water pollution is not just rubber duckies; it is trash, oil, cigarette butts, and pet waste flowing untreated to the ocean. Harris emphasized: “This type of pollution is preventable if we all do our part”. The “Fowl Water” commercial can be viewed at www.sandiego.gov/thinkblue.
In addition to the Duck Derby, Rose Creek Fest has many other fun activities for all ages to celebrate and learn about the creek. Special features include: Love Your Wetlands Day marsh cleanup, CreekWalk led by Friends of Rose Creek, a community mural-painting project, bird-watching with San Diego Audubon Society, an environmental magic show with Dr. Wilderness, bird-of-prey demonstrations by The Raptor Institute, and activities for all ages provided by Ocean Discovery Institute, local high school students studying the creek, and other community partners.
Mark your calendar today for this free, family-friendly event. You can learn more about the event, the marsh cleanup and volunteer opportunities at www.rosecreekfest.org.
San Diego EarthWorks wishes to thank the following event sponsors: Think Blue San Diego, Recon Environmental, Land Conservation Brokerage, and Pacific Beach Town Council.