Contaminated water forces closure of beaches in Imperial Beach
IMPERIAL BEACH (CNS) – The waters off the beaches south of Carnation
Avenue in Imperial Beach were off limits Wednesday because of sewage-tainted runoff
from the Tijuana River.
Sewage-contaminated runoff in the Tijuana River has been entering the
Tijuana Estuary as a result of recent rainfall and was still flowing as of New
Year's Day, according to San Diego County Department of Environmental Health
spokesman Mark McPherson.
Observations made Tuesday prompted county officials to suspect ocean
currents moving northward pushed the contamination toward the waters at
Imperial Beach, he said. The county had previously closed the area at the
Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge shoreline.
McPherson said signs warning of the contamination would remain in place
until testing indicates the water is safe for recreational use once again.