County environmental officials close water access near international border for water contamination

Posted at 8:56 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 23:56:11-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health posted a beach closure notice today at the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park due to water contamination.

County officials said sewage-contaminated water flowing from the Tijuana River into U.S. waters represents a health hazard. Closure signs will remain posted in the affected areas until testing shows it's safe to go back into the water from Seacoast Drive to the U.S. Mexico Border. Access to Friendship Park at Border Field should also be avoided, officials say, as the park may also be affected by contaminated runoff.

Residents seeking more information on beach and water contact closures can visit the county's website,, or call the county's 24-hour hotline at (619) 338-2073.