Imperial Beach officials ask federal government for aid with pollution issues
IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – The Imperial Beach City Council formally asked the federal government for $400 million to aid with pollution and runoff cleanup this Wednesday.
A coalition of communities created a plan to prevent the unsafe and consistent issue of sewage pollution which has shut down beaches nearly 30 times across 10 months in the last year alone.
The cost will cover continuous cleaning of the Tijuana River Valley to build infrastructure to divert sewage to a plant and treating the water before it’s released offshore.
“There’s no way this would have been allowed to happen if this was a wealthy, White neighborhood,” says former Imperial Beach mayor and congressman Brian Bilbray. “There’s a whole different standard that the federal government, local government and the state government set for Imperial Beach and South San Diego than they would in places such as La Jolla and Rancho Santa Fe.”