Statement of Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina on Latest Massive Sewage Spill.
Dec 11, 2018 10:04PM
● By Paul Spear
Millions of Gallons of Sewage Pouring Through Imperial Beach
and Into the Pacific Ocean
New Sewerage Rupture Confirmed by International Boundary Water Commission
Statement of Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina
on Latest Massive Sewage Spill.
December 11, 2018 (Imperial Beach)
Imperial Beach, California Mayor Serge Dedina issued the following statement about the International Boundary Water Commission’s (IBWC) announcement today that, due to yet another failure in the City of Tijuana Sewer system and the failure of the International Boundary and Water Commission to capture the spill, 6 to 7 million gallons of sewage per day are now flowing through into the Tijuana River Valley and Estuary and out into the Pacific Ocean.
There’s one major reason that these massive sewage spills continue to happen: the International Boundary Water Commission is refusing to obey the United States’ clean water protection laws and failing in its responsibility to protect the Tijuana River, the Pacific Ocean, our beaches, and our community. The IBWC has informed us that this latest spill is dumping “between 6-7 million gallons per day into the Tijuana River.” This is ridiculous and it’s threatening the health, safety, and economy of Imperial Beach and surrounding communities.
While I have demanded an investigation into this latest spill, that alone is not enough. Our residents and businesses are literally sick and tired of being notified by the IBWC of yet another massive spill, waiting for an after-the-fact review, and then seeing nothing change. Already in 2018, tens of millions of gallons of untreated sewage have poured through our community, and the IBWC is doing nothing to stop it.
For this reason, Imperial Beach joined with the Unified Port District of San Diego and the City of Chula Vista in March to take the IBWC to court and force them to do what they were supposed to do years ago: comply with federal environmental laws and stop these sewage spills once and for all.
Imperial Beach Mayor Dedina will be addressing the press at 3:30 p.m. at the Dairy Mart Bridge on Dairy Mart Road in the City of San Diego.
City of Imperial Beach
825 Imperial Beach Blvd.
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
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Paul Spear, Publisher, and Editor of Dig Imperial Beach