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April 25, 2012

WiLDCOAST Calls for Immediate Upgrade of Border Sewage Infrastructure

PRESS RELEASE
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Photo by Paloma Aguirre

PRESS RELEASE

WiLDCOAST Calls for Immediate Upgrade of Border Sewage Infrastructure

Following yet another 2.5 million gallon sewage spill into the Tijuana River WiLDCOAST asks U.S. and Mexican authorities to fix the problem once and for all.

 

 

 

Contacts:

Paloma Aguirre 619.495.8939

Ben McCue 619.632.8361

 

April 25, 2012. Imperial Beach. Yesterday, a broken sewer pipe in the city of Tijuana sent about 2.5 million gallons of raw sewage into the Tijuana River.

 

Fortunately, unlike during the April 4th sewage spill in which U.S. authorities failed to notify the public about a spill, this time Mexican authorities notified their counterparts in the United States.

 

“While I commend Mexican authorities who notified agencies in the U.S. of the sewage spill, the ongoing release of wastewater into the Tijuana River really shows the urgent need for federal authorities in both the U.S. and Mexico to improve sewage infrastructure,” said Paloma Aguirre of WiLDCOAST.

 

Currently the diverter system in place to prevent dry weather cross-border flow is not operational . This is creating a conduit for this raw sewage to flow across the border and into the Tijuana Estuary and Pacific Ocean just north of the U.S.-Mexico border.

 

 “Accidents happen but there are concrete measure and specific infrastructure upgrades that can be made to reduce the risk of sewage spills and polluted beaches. We can no longer afford to continue to jeopardize the health of ocean users, our tourism economy, and the brand new Tijuana Rivermouth Marine Protected Area because of the accidental release of sewage,” said Aguirre.

 

 

WILDCOAST recently met with the International Boundary and Water Commission and met today with the Regional Water Quality Control Board to discuss the organization’s request for additional sewage infrastructure.

 

 

 

 

WiLDCOAST is an international conservation team that works to conserve coastal and marine ecosystems www.wildcoast.net