Environmental club cleans debris at the St. Francis Dam site
Students in the "Eco Chicos" club at Canyon High School volunteered to pick up debris at the St. Francis Dam. Photo Courtesy: Dennis Yong
By Georgia Rios
Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Saturday morning, the Canyon High School Environmental Club, “Eco Chicos” picked up a total of 164 pounds of debris in the St. Francis Dam site.

With over 20 volunteers, the students converged on the site, picking up glass and aluminum cans littering the area.

Students in the “Eco Chicos” club at Canyon High School volunteered to pick up debris at the St. Francis Dam. Photo Courtesy: Dennis Yong

“Our goal was to pick up trash and glass bits that people left behind. California condors, an endangered species, fly over that area about 400 times per day,” explained Dennis Yong, advisor of the club. “They mistake glass bits for food and ingest them. The glass is not digested and then eventually would kill the condors.”

Students in the “Eco Chicos” club at Canyon High School volunteered to pick up debris at the St. Francis Dam. Photo Courtesy: Dennis Yong

In addition to the Eco Chicos, students from College of the Canyons also joined the effort, with a combined total of 194 pounds of debris. Of that, 173 pounds was glass and 21 pounds was aluminum.

Students in the “Eco Chicos” club at Canyon High School volunteered to pick up debris at the St. Francis Dam. Photo Courtesy: Dennis Yong

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Students in the "Eco Chicos" club at Canyon High School volunteered to pick up debris at the St. Francis Dam. Photo Courtesy: Dennis Yong

Environmental club cleans debris at the St. Francis Dam site

Saturday morning, the Canyon High School Environmental Club, “Eco Chicos” picked up a total of 164 pounds of debris in the St. Francis Dam site.

With over 20 volunteers, the students converged on the site, picking up glass and aluminum cans littering the area.

Students in the “Eco Chicos” club at Canyon High School volunteered to pick up debris at the St. Francis Dam. Photo Courtesy: Dennis Yong

“Our goal was to pick up trash and glass bits that people left behind. California condors, an endangered species, fly over that area about 400 times per day,” explained Dennis Yong, advisor of the club. “They mistake glass bits for food and ingest them. The glass is not digested and then eventually would kill the condors.”

Students in the “Eco Chicos” club at Canyon High School volunteered to pick up debris at the St. Francis Dam. Photo Courtesy: Dennis Yong

In addition to the Eco Chicos, students from College of the Canyons also joined the effort, with a combined total of 194 pounds of debris. Of that, 173 pounds was glass and 21 pounds was aluminum.

Students in the “Eco Chicos” club at Canyon High School volunteered to pick up debris at the St. Francis Dam. Photo Courtesy: Dennis Yong