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March 01, 2017

Take Action for Clean Beaches!

#cleanwaternow campaign
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For two weeks, a massive sewage spill happened in Tijuana, Mexico. The spill dumped over 143 million gallons of raw sewage into the Pacific Ocean, heavily polluting beaches in southern San Diego County.

This incident has put the health of our communities at risk, with the spill polluting and closing beaches from Rosarito, Mexico to Coronado, California.  We are working with our partners on both sides of the border to hold those responsible accountable and we will continue to advocate for new sewage infrastructure in Tijuana.

 

   

TAKE ACTION!

 

Join WILDCOAST and Surfrider San Diego Chapter, tomorrow at the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) meeting and demand action against Tijuana’s sewage spill.

Date and Time: March 2nd, 2017 at 5:30 PM

Location: Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA 91932.

Community members will be encouraged to write letters to their state representatives, Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congressman Juan Vargas.

Want to take action from your own home? Write a letter to your state representatives or call them:

Sen. Kamala Harris

600 B Street, Suite 2240

San Diego, CA  92101

Phone (619) 239 - 3884

Fax (202) 228 - 3863

 

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

880 Front Street, Suite 4236 
San Diego, CA 92101 
Phone: (619) 231-9712 
Fax: (619) 231-1108 

 

Rep. Juan Vargas

333 F Street, Suite A

Chula Vista, CA 91910

Phone: 619-422-5963
Fax: 619-422-7290

 

Rep. Scott Peters

4350 Executive Drive, Suite 105

San Diego, CA 92121

phone: 858-455-5550

 

Tell them that we demand:

  • Federal investigation into recent spill.
  • New NADB (North American Development Bank) plan for Tijuana upgrading sewage system a funding priority.
  • Fixing water quality problems and not desal as a priority on the border. 

It is critical that government agencies work with Mexico to reduce unnecessary sewage flows in the Tijuana River and improve management of infrastructure that helps prevent beach closures due to hazardous pollutants in South San Diego. This has been a recurring problem in the Tijuana River Valley and the most recent untreated sewage spill is not acceptable.

Remember, it’s important to include your name and address in your letter and tell them why having your beaches clean is important to you!