Imperial Beach City Council Approves Immediate State of Emergency for Tijuana River Pollution
Jan 18, 2017 07:38PM
● By Paul Spear
In Wednesday Night’s Imperial Beach City Council Meeting the City Approved An Immediate State of Emergency Relating to the Discharge of Untreated Wastewater in the Tijuana River.In an unanimous vote the City Council approved a measure to declare an immediate State of Emergency in Imperial Beach due to the sewage and trash overflow from the Tijuana River into Imperial Beach. If necessary, they will plan to renew it every 30 days as required by law until this problem no longer exists.
Resolution No. 2017-7762 To proclaim a state of local emergency related to the discharge of untreated wastewater in the tijuana river and direct the City Manager to forward the resolution to federal and state agencies and to request the Governor of the State of California to proclaim a state of emergency because the city lacks the resources to cope with the emergency pursuant to Government code Section 8625(c) and IBMC Section 2.52.060(B).
This would also allow them to make necessary repairs and fixes without having to get regulatory approval for the repairs. An example would be last years closing of the Tijuana River Mouth where they had to wait to get regulatory approval before they could reopen the rivermouth that had closed up during a storm.
Under Law, the City is Required to renew any State of Emergency every 30 days as long as the emergency still exists. It is there plan to do renew the State of Emergency every 30 days for the foreseeable future.
Paul Spear, Editor, DigImperialBeach.com & Linda Heath, Senior Reporter