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March 18, 2011

WiLDCOAST and IBWC Partner to Lead Tour for League of Women Voters

By Paloma Aguirre
Photo by Paloma Aguirre

On March 16th, 2011 the International and Boundary Water Commission and WiLDCOAST partnered to inform over 25 League of Women Voter members of the binational solid waste, waste tire, and water quality challenges that affect the border region. Members were given a WiLDCOAST presentation that explained the non-point source pollution from Tijuana, and the economic, environmental and public health impacts this cross-border pollution has on our border region community.


Steve Smullen Manager of IBWC's San Diego office shared the history of the international treaty between Mexico and the U.S. signed in 1944 to address cross-border challenges. He then explained the history of the International Waste Water Treatment Plant, and the great strides both countries have made in addressing the water quality of the Tijuana River.

Members were later lead on a treatment plant tour and learned the waste water treatment process, the plants’capacity and visited the recently upgraded facility which now treats wastewater to secondary level.

“The group from the League of Women Voters was very impressed with the work you are doing and really learned a lot from the tour of the sewage treatment plant,” said Beryl Flom League of Women Voters San Diego chapter coordinator.