Imperial Beachians Named to International Board

The board advises the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC). The U.S. section works with its Mexican counterpart to regulate water issues between the two nations.

The bank of the Tijuana River near the mouth which meets the Pacific Ocean in Imperial Beach. Photo credit: Nathan Weyland
The bank of the Tijuana River near the mouth which meets the Pacific Ocean in Imperial Beach. Photo credit: Nathan Weyland
Editor's Note: Several Imperial Beach and Tijuana River Valley residents including Paloma Aguirre of WiLDCOAST, Mark West of Surfrider and Councilman Ed Spriggs were recently named to the International Boundary and Water Commission Citizens Forum Board.

The new board will meet for the first time at 6 p.m. Thursday. See an IBWC press release below.

Commissioner Edward Drusina, head of the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC), has appointed 10 people to serve on the USIBWC Citizens Forum board in San Diego County.

The purpose of the Citizens Forum is to promote the exchange of information between the USIBWC and the community about Commission projects and related activities. A public meeting with the new board is scheduled for Thursday, December 5, 6-8 p.m., at the USIBWC office, 2225 Dairy Mart Road, San Diego, CA 92173.  

The new board members are:
  • Paloma Aguirre, Wildcoast
  • Vivienne Bennett, California State University San Marcos, former Mexico adviser to San Diego County Water Authority
  • Jo Brooks, Board President of San Diego Coastkeeper
  • Paul Ganster, San Diego State University, Institute for Regional Studies of the Californias, former Chairman of the Good Neighbor Environmental Board
  • Patrick McDonough, San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Danielle Murphy, Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Robert Scott, URS Corporation
  • Edward Spriggs, City of Imperial Beach City Council (Chris Helmer, Environmental Programs Manager, City of Imperial Beach, will serve as board member alternate for Council Member Spriggs)
  • Fred Threats, resident who lives near the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Mark West, Surfrider

"The new board brings together leaders from various sectors of the San Diego community. We look forward to partnering with them to address boundary and water issues affecting the region," said Commissioner Drusina.

At the December 5 meeting, USIBWC staff will give an overview of the history and mission of the Commission boundary wide and will discuss the Commission's activities in the San Diego-Tijuana region.

Visit ibwc.gov to see the complete meeting agenda
Pop Quiz December 06, 2013 at 09:20 PM
MMMmmm, another committee? Another study perhaps? How about a survey? I feel like i have seen this show a few times before. I think at the end of this show they reveal the secret criminal. It is the millions of gallons of poop from TJ polluting the beach and river valley. Problem solved? Agatha Chistie's "Mouse trap" has run continually since 1952. The TJ poop has flowed at least that long. Decades later, The ending of both stories is always end the same. This is all a dog and pony show with little results.
Serge Dedina December 07, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Hi Pop Quiz: Actually a lot of work has been done to clean up the river and the valley including 4 new sewage plants on both sides of the border. Look forward to having you volunteer for our cleanups. Cynicism does not create results. Getting involved and moving authorities forward is hard work--but we can't give up and just complain. This committee helps push international authorities to solve problems. It is not sexy work--and it is not fun, but we don't have a choice.
Dante Pamintuan December 07, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Congratulations to our representatives. I'm optimistic that they can help make a positive difference. The BEST is before us IB.
Pop Quiz December 07, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Hello Serge, I did physically help build the original 600 million dollar sewage treatment plant facility. My hard earned tax dollars have been thrown down this sewer hole for decades. I think i paid for the right to be critical several times over. I pay my governments very well to fix these problems. How much money out of my kids future would i need to pay to be recognized as having done enough? I have a full time job and well rounded social life. But if i ever want to pull old car tires out of sewage i will do it here in IB. You have my promise on that. Tijuana sewage is your business, an important part of your livelihood. I pay, and pay, into the TJ sewage problem , it doesn't pay me. That is likely where our perceived differences come from. Neither one of us like the sewage. Maybe the play nice method doesn't work as well as any of us had hoped. It should always be the first step. I would compare it this way. After years of BS, when the Feds started the Gate Keeper program, illegal immigration was substantially effected in IB. I would like to see a similar "River Keeper" hard line approach. I will not see you in the water soon, because the rain is falling and the sewage tap is flowing. There used to be this sign above the urinal at the Fleet Reserve. It read "when all is said and done, far more is said then done". That sums up the turd soup on our beaches. If the sewage problem get fixed/solved a lot of bureaucrats have a lot to lose. Your "clean water now" slogan was heartfelt by many, myself included. Time has passed and those stickers are sun faded. The "now" has passed a few times. I guess art, reality checks and cynicism are in the eye of the beholder. I prefer an ugly truth over the beautiful lie. Does that make me a cynic? Does the sewage still flow? Is it going to continue for the foreseeable future? If those statements are true, i am either stating the obvious based on personal observations, or i am a cynic. Your choice, but a rose is still a rose, and a turd is still a turd. I hope live long enough to see clean water after a rain storm in IB. I would say based on past performance, future predictions make that unlikely. Have a great day and enjoy the rain.


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