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County Issues Closure of Border State Park Shoreline, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge

The closures are due to sewage-contaminated flows from the Tijuana River entering the United States.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Editor's Note: The County of San Diego released the following announcement on Wednesday, Jan. 29. This article first posted on Patch at 4:07 p.m., Jan. 29.

The Department of Environmental Health has issued a water contact closure for the ocean shoreline at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park due to sewage-contaminated flows from the Tijuana River entering the United States. 

This includes the beach-line from the south end of Seacoast Drive to the International Border. Tijuana River flow overwhelmed diversion pumps near the border due to a reservoir waterline break causing a mixture of reservoir water and sewage-impacted Tijuana River water to enter the United States and flow to the Tijuana Estuary, which empties to the Pacific Ocean. 

The reservoir waterline break was been repaired but Tijuana River flow into the United States continues. Signs will be posted and will remain in place until sample results indicate the ocean water is safe for recreational use.

For updates on beach closure information please visit sdbeachinfo.com or call the 24-hour hotline at 619-338-2073.         

Miriam Iosupovici January 30, 2014 at 12:33 AM
Serge Dedina as mayor will likely make a huge difference in how this long-standing issue is approached. Our current leadership is disturbingly quiet on this continuing issue.
Mark January 30, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Until Mexico decides it is a problem, nothing can be done.
Jon Hall January 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Miriam Isoupovici --- Wildcoast, who tout themselves as the spokespeople for the Pacific Coast from here to the tip of Baja have shown themselves to be ineffective at best when dealing with the issue --- this has been going on since long before IB was a city and regardless of what the United States does (which has included building treatment plants) the sewage still flows every time there is a storm, leak, or breech --- from what I can gather Wildcoast is real good at taking trips down the coast to *study* the issues (taking surfboards of course) ...
Serge Dedina January 30, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Hi Jon: Thanks for your feedback. Let's review the progress that has been made over the past 20 years and since I co-founded Wildcoast 14 years ago. -Construction of two new sewage plants on the U.s. side of the border and significant reduction in beach closures. -Construction of 3 new sewage plants in Tijuana. -Significant improvement in communication on both sides of the border with regards to alerting public about sewage spills--something that happened rarely before. --Cleaning up of tons and tons of solid waste and waste tires in the Tijuana River. You are more than welcome to come with us on a tour of the River Valley to see progress that has been made and the challenges. Additionally--last year Wildcoast preseRved more than 5,000 acres of coastal land in Baja through direct purchase, in addition to many other projects that have added up to over 3 million acres of coastal and marine ecosystems preserved. As I write this our team is working with ranchers, fishermen and the Mexican government to update the management plan for the 6 million acre Vizcaino Biosphere Reserve which includes two gray whale lagoons, and we have at this moment 140 high school kids out touring tidepools in San Diego. And Jon-you are always welcome to help us to organize coastal cleanups and restoration events. Additionally-we'll be pulling out ugly chain link fences that line south San Diego Bay in March. Follow us on FB to get more info. Cheers, Serge Dedina Executive Diredtor WILDCOAST
Pop Quiz January 30, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Hey Serge, what are the numbers? How much less are our beaches closed do to the Mexican sewage, since records have been kept? It seems to me to be regular as clockwork. It rains, Our beaches are teeming with fecal matter. Is that just a perception? If it;s less often , how much? I think Mark has a very valid point. With the Narcos lopping peoples heads off when they feel like it. I think Imperial Beach may be way down on the list of Mexican government priorities. If it gets fixed, the U.S.A. will fix it. Someday.....
Ed Kravitz February 04, 2014 at 09:54 AM
If you become Mayor, will your involvement as an advocate and board member of a non-profit be a conflict of interest? I have had others tell me that unless you were to step down from your advocacy, being Mayor and involved at the level you are with Wildcoast would present a conflict of interest as NON PROFITS are not allowed to be politically active (by law). Of course that never stopped SWIA but that doesn't mean it's not a conflict of interest. I think you have made many efforts to make things better, however you folks that live off grant money do not understand business....and that is the #1 thing lacking in previous councils besides transparency or ethics. Unless someone with a business or legal backround gets on council....what is the future of this city. Unless one is an insider, doing business in I.B. is a futile effort usually. The statistics prove that. Would you take a leave of absence from Wildcoast if elected or would you use the Mayors position as a Bully Pulpit for your environmental activism? Can you separate the two? I don't discount your passion but we need a mayoral candidate that can actually win and then actually represent the residents and not outside interests...whether developers or extreme environmentalists? Are you that candidate. I know you have many friends and supporters however I remember a former Navy Chief who has since passed away who told me he had voted for Jim Janney because he drinks at the same bar he did. This is not a popularity contest. It's serious business about the future of I.B. I don't want the mayor to win a 3rd term only because the public is divided or un-informed.
Libi Uremovic February 04, 2014 at 01:17 PM
a person can operate a non-profit and hold an elected office .... the governor of the state of cali has put most of his money into non profits ...
Dante Pamintuan February 04, 2014 at 03:10 PM
Ed is correct on this one: Conflict of Interest. Pond 20 is a great example. The land bankers will most likely benefit the most from the money and grants given. Follow the money...SWIA and Wildcoast stand to gain the most. Pond 20 should be a balanced approach for ALL IB'ers...residents, environmentalists, local business owners and education. It can be done. Someone needs to step up to the plate at City Council and present this vision. That is the first baby step to change.
Libi Uremovic February 04, 2014 at 06:11 PM
#1 - POND 20 isn't part of imperial beach.... -------------------------------------------------------------------------- #2 - wildcoast doesn't 'gain' financially when the environment isn't destroyed ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- #3 - if you're looking for conflict of interest that would be the janney's sand scam while acting as mayor of ib and vp of sandag ...

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