THE REAL BORDER EMERGENCY
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To address and eliminate the sewage, trash, sediment and chemical waste that plagues our ocean, waves and beaches in the border region. We do this by raising awareness through outreach and education, while impacting policy through our advocacy work.
Did You Know?
The Tijuana Sloughs are closed, on average, 60% of the year.
Imperial Beach is closed, on average, 20% of the year!
SEWAGE DISCHARGES HAVE CREATED AN EMERGENCY SITUATION.
On February 6 to 23, 2017, 143 million gallons of raw sewage was discharged into the Tijuana River, upstream in Tijuana MX. Since then, there have been countless additional small scale spills of raw sewage from Mexico, but there there has been little to no federal or state emergency clean-up effort, despite ill residents and dead wildlife. Sewage discharges from Mexico into the Tijuana River valley have created an emergency situation that is threatening public health, the environment, and our national security.
THE FEBRUARY 2017 SPILL WAS THE LARGEST TJ RIVER SPILL IN OVER A DECADE.
While the Tijuana River is notorious for trash and sewage, the spill in February 2017 was by far the largest raw sewage spill into the Tijuana River in more than a decade. The Tijuana River snakes the U.S./Mexico Border and ultimately discharges into the Pacific Ocean. The enormity of the spill polluted beaches from Rosarito, MX to Coronado, CA – posing an unacceptable risk to humans, wildlife, and the environment.
Tijuana’s Toxic Tributaries
A Bi-National Environmental Crisis of Epic Proportions