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May 10, 2013

Victory! Senate Budget Subcommittee approves 2-1 funding for Goat Canyon Sediment Basin Annual Cleanup

by Paloma Aguirre

On Thursday May 9, 2013 WiLDCOAST attended and gave comment in support for increased state funding for cleanup and maintenance of the Goat Canyon Sediment Basins at Border Field State Park.

Every year California State Parks struggles to identify funding to operate and maintain the Goat Canyon Sediment basins. These basins are engineered to capture cross-border sediment and trash and prevent catastrophic impacts to the fragile ecosystem of the last largest remaining coastal wetland-the Tijuana Estuary.

Hundreds of people including WiLDCOAST, Surfrider San Diego and San Diego Audubon San Diego activists signed petitions in support of this action. These petitions along with multiple sign-on letters from non-profit organizations and agencies were turned in by WILDCOAST during the hearing to the chair of the committee. 

By the end of the hearing, the committee voted 2-1 in favor of 3 years of funding with the condition of reporting back by 2016 with alternative sources of funding.

Senator Jim Beall and Senator Hannah Beth-Jackson supported the measure.

Senator Jim Nielson voted against it.

To view a video of the vote click here