A new year, a new hope for a cleaner Imperial Beach after rainy weather brings in more toxic waste to the U.S.
IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – For almost four decades now contaminated water has streamed across the border into Imperial Beach, but there is new hope in a turn around in the new year.
This is the longest running environmental disaster in American history, which federally enacted the Clean Water Act to fix and clean up the toxic sewage. Now, Mexico is making some small moves towards this big project to help the process begin.
Stormy weather and runoff Thursday prompted the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health and Quality to extend the existing water contact closure area at the Tijuana Slough, Imperial Beach and Silver Strand shorelines north to include the Coronado Shoreline.
Sewage-contaminated runoff in the Tijuana River entering the Tijuana Estuary indicates contamination of ocean water now extends from the international border north to the Coronado shoreline.
Signs warning of sewage-contaminated water will remain in place until sampling results indicate the ocean water is safe for recreational use.
KUSI’s Dan Plante has been following this story for 39 years, since college, and it is just now being addressed. On Good Evening San Diego, Dan Plante goes into more details about the efforts going into this long-standing project.