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November 10, 2011

WiLDCOAST Partners with Mexican Agencies, NGO's to Remove 350 Waste-Tires in Los Laureles Canyon, Tijuana

Removal of tires critical prior to this weekend's forecasted rainfall
Photo by Paloma Aguirre

WiLDCOAST, Tijuana Calidad de Vida, the State of Baja California Environmental Protection Agency and the City of Tijuana Delegate joined forces today to remove over 350 waste tires from the Los Laureles creek, a waterway that drains into the U.S. federally protected Tijuana Estuary and impacts beach water quality south of Imperial Beach.

The local delegate for the Playas de Tijuana sector donated the use of an earth digger and a crew of six men, while the State of Baja California Environmental Protection Agency donated the tire-hauling services. WiLDCOAST and partner NGO Tijuana Calidad de Vida had recently met with both agencies to stress the need for trash and tire removal from the canyon.

Many residents in this canyon are unregulated settlers who use waste tires as wall retainers or in this case as a way to gain land over the creek bed.

This effort comes at a critical time given the predicted inch and half of rain for this weekend. (See below for path tires would have taken if uncollected)