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California lawmakers unveiling plan to fix south San Diego County sewage problem

Posted at 10:23 AM, Jul 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-22 13:23:14-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Some congressional leaders are getting involved in the ongoing Tijuana River crisis.

On Monday, several California representatives -- including San Diego-based Reps. Scott Peters, Juan Vargas, Susan Davis and Mike Levin -- will announce new legislation aimed at fixing the sewage problem that has plagued San Diego’s South Bay for decades.

For years, sewage from a water line in Tijuana has flowed into the Tijuana River, and much of that sewage ends up in beaches in Imperial Beach or has impacted water quality.

So far in 2019, South Bay beaches have been closed more than 50 times due to sewage runoff.

“We should be at the beach right now going, ‘God, look at how gorgeous this area is,’ not standing in a horrible valley wondering how to solve a problem that’s existed for my entire lifetime,” said Lance Rodgers with the group Citizens Against Sewage.

The Tijuana River Valley bill package from Vargas, Davis, Peters and Levin is expected to outline potential solutions to the ongoing problems.

Details on the legislation were not released ahead of Monday’s announcement.