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City of San Diego joins Tijuana River sewage lawsuit

Posted at 4:36 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 19:37:37-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego’s City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to join a lawsuit over sewage in the Tijuana River.

The lawsuit is being brought against the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission.

“San Diego’s natural environment is what makes our region so special and we’re going to keep fighting to preserve it,” Mayor Faulconer said.

“We’ve made this a priority in meetings with federal agencies in both the U.S. and Mexico, and now we must force the government’s hand to ensure it takes action. This gives us a new tool in the battle against sewage and trash that flows across the border and into our waterways. I thank the City Council, Councilmember Moreno and City Attorney Elliott for their work on this issue.”

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The lawsuit was filed against the commission in September of 2018 on behalf of the people of the State of California.

The California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region and California Attorney General are also involved in the suit.

Following the vote, the City Attorney’s Office will begin working with the state’s Attorney General and Regional Water Control Board to prepare for trial.

The trial is set for April 13, 2020.