April 15, 2024
An Imperial Seaside lifeguard locations a seaside closure discover. Courtesy OnScene.TV

The Port of San Diego has joined San Diego County and the cities of San Diego and Imperial Seaside in declaring an area emergency associated to the continuing Tijuana River Valley air pollution disaster, officers stated Wednesday.

“Clear water and clear air are fundamental high quality of life expectations and are wanted now in our South Bay,” Frank Urtasun, chairman of the Board of Port Commissioners, stated in an announcement Wednesday.

“After a few years of deteriorating circumstances, we at the moment are seeing some steps in the fitting path. Just lately, we realized of $156 million in important annual funding secured by Congressman Scott Peters for the South Bay Worldwide Wastewater Remedy Plant.

“With our emergency declaration and continued regional collaboration, the Port of San Diego will proceed to push for added funding to make sure this public well being, environmental, and financial disaster is solved,” Urtasun continued.

Port officers stated over 100 billion gallons of untreated sewage, poisonous chemical compounds, trash, sediment and different pollution have flowed into the Tijuana River Valley and into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Imperial Seaside.

The stream “is inflicting severe public well being points from polluted waters and airborne toxins, (to) ongoing seaside closures in Imperial Seaside and Coronado, and destructive impacts on the South Bay economic system. Contaminated flows are directed by therapy crops beneath the jurisdictions of the U.S. and Mexico federal governments. Nonetheless, these services have failing and getting older infrastructure,” port officers stated.

The port stated the U.S. Worldwide Boundary and Water Fee operates the South Bay Worldwide Wastewater Remedy Plant, and extra funding is required to enhance and develop the plant.

“The Port of San Diego is on the entrance strains of this battle because the state’s trustee for seaside and submerged lands in Imperial Seaside,” Commissioner Dan Malcolm stated.

“This disaster is sickening our South Bay communities and our seashores have been closed for practically 850 days and counting. This environmental and public well being nightmare should finish! Our emergency declaration is an announcement that we’re nonetheless on this battle, and we is not going to cease advocating for each dime that’s wanted to cease the sewage as soon as and for all.”