SAN DIEGO (Jan. 29, 2019) — San Diego City Council will be voting on whether to join the cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista in a lawsuit against the federal government for violations of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in South San Diego.
For decades, sewage, chemical waste and plastic pollution that travel through the International Boundary Water Commission’s (IBWC) flood control channel and collector system have put at risk the health and safety of residents and visitors. On July 17, 2018, after years of policy meetings and discussions, Surfrider San Diego filed a lawsuit against the IBWC for violations of the CWA with respect to both the flood control project and the IBWC’s collectors. The cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista, along with the Port of San Diego filed a similar lawsuit. A third lawsuit, more limited in scope, was filed by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board and California Secretary of State Xavier Becerra. Surfrider calls on the City of San Diego to join Imperial Beach and Chula Vista in the fight for clean water.
Shannon Johnson, Co-Chair of Surfrider’s Clean Border Water Now campaign has lived in Imperial Beach for over a decade. She will be asking the City of San Diego to join the full lawsuit noting that:
As a family, we enjoy hiking in Border Field State Park, but since the big spill of February 2017 and becoming better educated on the health hazards of contaminated soil and air contaminants, we rarely go anymore because you never know what’s lurking in the dry dirt, but if we do, we make sure the kids do not go in any puddles or muck, don’t touch anything, and afterward, we all decontaminate before getting back in the car (we remove our shoes and pants if they are dirty) and we sanitize our hands.
As part of its commitment to end the transboundary flows of sewage, plastics, chemicals and sediment Surfrider has put together a Stakeholder Solution with the help of Wilson Engineering.
The Stakeholder Solution encompasses programs, federal protocols, infrastructure and green technology that would result in an immediate benefit to lessen the impact of pollutants in the area.
For additional information, visit http://surfridersd.org/