San Diego Reader: A concrete border-sewage-collection basin plan

Thursday, October 12, 2017

As excerpted from the San Diego Reader:

With the governor’s signature late Monday (October 9th), $2.1 million in state funding is on its way to the Tijuana River Valley — some of it earmarked to deal with the sewage, trash, and sediment that enters the U.S. along the border.

Senate Bill 507 allocates $500,000 to update the feasibility study for capturing, controlling, and treating the waste and water that currently enters the river valley from Mexico. State senator Ben Hueso and assemblyman Todd Gloria promised to seek the funding in May.

Local officials have been increasing the pressure on the federal agencies that have the authority — but lack the funding — to manage the longstanding problems. (The remainder of the money is slated for other county uses in the river valley. It was meant for acquiring property to expand the parks and open space, but the bill notes no land is available.)