SAN DIEGO -- The entire shoreline from Imperial Beach to Coronado has been closed to human contact by county health officials because of sewage contamination flowing north from the Tijuana River.
The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health expanded the existing water contact closure area Saturday to include the Silver Strand and Coronado shorelines. This comes after it extended the closure from the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge shoreline north to all of Imperial Beach on Friday.
Sewage-contaminated runoff in the Tijuana River has been entering the Tijuana Estuary as a result of recent rainfall. Contamination of ocean water has occurred throughout Imperial Beach and through Coronado, according to the county.
Signs warning of sewage contaminated water will remain in place until field measurements indicate the ocean water is safe for recreational use.