Residents speak out after sewage spill affects TJ Estuary
IMPERIAL BEACH (KUSI) – Nearly 100 million gallons of polluted water from Mexico started pouring across the border earlier this month.
But Mexican officials failed to notify authorities on the American side of the border for nearly a week. As a result, the Department of Environmental Health shut down the shoreline from imperial beach to the border for the last week.
“This is not only [for] the wildlife that lives here,” says local Bethany Case of the Surfrider Foundation, “for me, this is my backyard.”
“As residents, we are required to comply with the clean water act,” says Port Commissioner Dan Malcolm. “The federal government should be under the same laws as we are and in compliance with those laws.”
A team of San Diego officials including mayor Kevin Faulconer and former mayor Jerry Sanders will soon go to the nation’s capitol to call on lawmakers and the EPA to provide funds to prevent sewage from seeping into Imperial Beach.