San Diego Union Tribune: Effort to plug Tijuana sewage flows gets $2.1 million bump from state bill

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

As excerpted from the San Diego Union Tribune:

The effort to prevent sewage from flowing from Tijuana into San Diego County got a small boost Monday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to provide about $2.1 million in funds for the effort. Senate Bill 507, authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso, D-San Diego, and Assembly member Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, reallocates one-time funds previously designated for use by San Diego County under the Wildlife, Coastal and Park Land Conservation Act.

Under the legislation, up to $500,000 of the money will help pay for updating a recovery plan for the Tijuana River Valley, while the remainder of the funds can be used for rehabilitation of the impacted area and an envisioned park.

“It is my continued goal to protect my district from the disastrous effects these sewage spills have on health, water quality and the economy,” Hueso said in a statement. “I thank the Governor for signing this legislation so that we can begin working on long-term solutions to finally put an end to this issue that has long plagued our communities.”

A massive sewage spill in the Tijuana River fouled beaches as far north as Coronado in February and March. Since then, polluted water has continued to regularly flow across the border into the Tijuana River Valley through the river and a system of canyons.

“The contamination of the Tijuana River Valley has plagued this region for decades and its negatively impacted the health and quality-of-life for Coronado and Imperial Beach residents. Something has to be done and that is why I’m grateful Governor Brown signed SB 507,” Gloria said in a statement.