Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina gives update on Tijuana River runoff

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County officials Tuesday extended a water contact closure area at the Tijuana Slough shoreline north to include the Imperial Beach shoreline due to sewage contamination.

Sewage-contaminated runoff in the Tijuana River has been entering the Tijuana Estuary, and observations indicate contamination of ocean water now extends from the International Border north to the Imperial Beach shoreline, according to the county’s Department of Environmental Health.

Signs warning of sewage-contaminated water will remain in place until sampling results indicate the ocean water is safe for recreational use.

City of Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss Tijuana River polluting Imperial Beach.

Last week EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced fixes of two collector pipes in Tijuana funded partially by EPA funding. That took out 4.5 million gallons a day from the Tijuana River.

Wheeler also announced that $25 million will be invested in diverting up to 10 million gallons a day out of the TJ River -that work would start soon.

And he announced that construction of diversion infrastructure for the $300 million USMCA funding should start next year.

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