Tijuana Sewage Issues
Thursday, July 27, 2017
12:51 p.m. - 12:51 p.m. CDT
San Diego, CA, United States
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Discussion on the contamination of San Diego waterways and beaches from Tijuana sewage which is a problem that dates back to the 1930s, but still persists today. Despite efforts that in recent history have included construction of a pump station on the Mexican side and a sanitation plant on the US side, millions of gallons of raw sewage spilled into the Tijuana River, the Sloughs, the Estuary, and coastal water at Imperial Beach this spring.
This is arguably one of the most pressing environmental issues facing the South Bay, if not all of San Diego, but how much do we actually know? These sewage spills result in water quality on California beaches that exceeded safe human contact standards for several months each year. Quarterly monitoring of the river continues to find issues with sewage discharges. It is estimated that the Tijuana Sloughs is closed 60% of the year and Imperial Beach is closed approximately 20% of the year due to runoff from the Tijuana River.
The discussion focuses on environmental impact of ongoing sewage contamination, past and current efforts to solve this issue, and the limitations of cross-border environmental regulations.
Lynne Bynder, email@example.com