NO BORDER SEWAGE
DID YOU KNOW?
The Tijuana Sloughs are closed on average 60% of the year.
of the year, Imperial Beach Beaches are closed.
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 five additional small scale spills of raw sewage from Mexico, but there there has been 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.
FEBRUARY’S SPILL IS THE LARGEST SPILL INTO THE TJ RIVER IN OVER A DECADE.
While the Tijuana River is notorious for trash and sewage, February’s spill is by far the largest raw sewage spill into the Tijuana River in over 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.
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.
In 2008, we helped formed a network of like-minded organizations called the Tijuana River Action Network (TRAN). In this network we build consensus and work in collaboration to address the conservation and restoration of the Tijuana River Watershed and its impact on our border region beaches and ocean.
Every year, from the middle of September through the middle of October, members of TRAN come together for Tijuana River Action Month, a series of education and stewardship events held during September and October to benefit the Tijuana River Watershed. The goals of Tijuana River Action Month are to mobilize a record number of community volunteers and groups to become stewards of the Tijuana River Watershed; and, to recognize key efforts and investments by public and private agencies, businesses, non-profits and community groups to protect and restore the Tijuana River.
In 2016, TRAM brought in 2,860 volunteers who collected 64,083 pounds of trash and 29 waste tires. They installed 320 native plants and improved 8.5 acres of habitat. With over events in Mexico and United States, TRAM 2016 was a huge success!
Check for Closures
Did you know that the Tijuana Sloughs (at Border Field State Park), one of the best surf breaks in San Diego County, is closed on average 60% of the year? And Imperial Beach is closed approximately 20% of the year? Why? Due to sewage contaminated runoff in the Tijuana River Valley that ultimately reaches our ocean. Before you get in the water, check out real-time water quality issues.
NO BS NEWS
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