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Residents sound off at border sewage town hall

Posted at 11:24 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 02:25:58-04

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) - More than 60 people packed a quarterly meeting held by the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission.

Frustration grew in the room when residents realized it was a similar conversation as in past meetings. Many complained about a lack of direction presented at the meeting.

"Too much talking, not enough action," said John Munns, a South Bay resident and a member of the group, Citizens for Coastal Conservancy.

Carlos Pena, with the IBWC, says it's a complicated issue that involves many moving parts. The plans discussed at the meeting involved improving the wastewater infrastructures in Tijuana or creating defense structures in the U.S. along the border to protect its communities from sewage runoff. It could also be a combination of both.

However, each of the projects would cost millions of dollars. It would also take planning, funding, and construction. They are solutions that will take years to accomplish, according to Pena.

They will be creating a berm or land barrier to protect areas from runoff. They plan to finish that by the summer. But Pena admits it is more of a band-aid than a solution.