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The Sand Dredger at Oceanside Harbor

When I set out to document the health of San Diego’s watershed for my NG Young Explorer Grant, I was startled by how many different sources of pollution existed, both on land and in the water that ultimately affected the coastline. Here the culprit was more obvious —the sand dredger that comes every year to suck sand out of the shipping channel and put back on the beach in Oceanside Harbor. As it sucks it can stir up sediments containing heavy metals and other harmful contaminants that had accumulated on the ocean floor.

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