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The Tijuana Sloughs are closed on average 60% of the year.



of the year, Imperial Beach Beaches are closed.


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.

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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.

TRAM 2016

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!

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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.

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Border Field State Park & Friendship Park

Border Field State Park, located within the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, is right on the very southwestern corner of the United States, some 15 minutes south of San Diego. It serves as a refuge for several species of critically endangered birds such as the Western Snowy Plover, the California Least Tern, and the Light-footed Ridgway’s Rail.

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143 Million Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Tijuana River

For 17 days straight, the Tijuana River Valley was being flooded with more than 143 million gallons of sewage seeping in from a rupture in a sewage collector pipe on the Mexico side of the border. This is by far the largest sewage spill in over a decade, if not ever.

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