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Tijuana River concerns to be addressed in public meeting

Imperial Beach closed due to Tijuana sewage leak
Posted at 11:46 AM, Dec 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-06 14:46:00-05

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (CNS) - The U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission will hold a public meeting Thursday to discuss water quality and other concerns with the Tijuana River Watershed.

The commission's Area Operations Manager, Carlos Pena, is expected to give a presentation on the current state of commission-run infrastructure in the San Diego and Tijuana areas, including the South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant. Pena will also update meeting attendees on the status of efforts by the U.S. and Mexico to fix transboundary issues that exist in the Tijuana River Basin.

Sewage flows in the Tijuana River continue to affect U.S. waters despite state and federal efforts to curtail the pollution. Recent sewage-contaminated water entering the U.S. from the Tijuana River prompted the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health to issue a beach closure for the shoreline at Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park on Nov. 29. The closure is still in effect.

County residents can attend the 5:30 p.m. meeting at the Tijuana Estuary Meeting Room at 301 Caspian Way. Residents can also call the commission's office at (619) 662-7600 for more information about the meeting.