Bipartisan Coalition Introduces Resolution to Take Fight to End Trandsboundary Sewage Crisis to Next Level
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019 – NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Continuing their push to end a decades-long environmental crisis, San Diego regional leaders announced today that several agencies and local cities will vote to recommend actions for the federal government to take to eliminate transboundary flows in the Tijuana River Valley.
The resolution – to be adopted by several city councils and boards over the next several weeks – solidifies the most urgent needs that regional leaders request from the federal level to address the underlying causes of the sewage, sediment, and trash that have contaminated San Diego land and waterways for decades.
Asks include: allocating funding to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to carry out capital projects already identified; restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Tijuana River Valley; and authorizing and directing the U.S. EPA and the International Boundary and Water Commission to cooperate and expeditiously execute projects as appropriate.
Regional stakeholders have met frequently with the U.S. EPA since June when the agency released its “Tijuana River Valley Project Goals,” a list of capital projects identified to end the clear public health, environmental and safety issues caused by the pollution in the Tijuana River Valley. They’ve also advocated in unison in Washington D.C. during the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual delegation visit to the capital.
In recent months there has been some movement from both sides of the border. Other actions include:
Representatives Juan Vargas, Susan Davis, Scott Peters, and Mike Levin introduced a $2 billion pollution package to further support mitigation efforts in the region.
Senator Dianne Feinstein secured nearly $20 million in three different appropriations bills for the 2020 fiscal year for the Tijuana River Valley.
A bill authored by Senator Ben Hueso was approved to redirect $15 million toward the issues.
The Mexican government signed an MOU with CILA, the organization that is a steward for projects between the U.S. and Mexico.
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Marcelo Ebrard committed to fixing the pumps in Tijuana that are long overdue for repair.
The resolution is scheduled to be heard on the following dates:
December 4 – City of Imperial Beach
December 6 – State Lands Commission
December 10 – County of San Diego
December 10 – Port of San Diego
December 10 – City of Chula Vista
December 11 – San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
December 16 or 17 (Docket Pending) – City of San Diego
December 17 (Docket Pending) – City of Coronado
To read the full resolution, click on the pdf below:20191203_draftjointresolutiontijuanarivervalley