26 May Group to rally at San Ysidro Port of Entry over Tijuana Riv…
SAN YSIDRO (CNS) – A San Diego-based community advocacy group will
hold a rally today to call on the federal government to stop the pollution of
coastal waters caused by untreated sewage flows from the Tijuana River Valley.
Stop the Poop will rally at the San Ysidro Port of Entry to call
attention to the flow of untreated sewage, chemicals and garbage into waters
along the county’s coast. According to the group, more than 100 million gallons
of raw sewage and pollutants have been released into the Tijuana River Valley
in recent weeks.
“We are only as good as the people around us,” said Baron Partlow,
the group’s founder. “We need everyone to come together in our desperate cry
for help as we fight for our lives. Enough is enough! It is time to stop being
the nice guy.”
Local and state officials as well as environmental advocates have
maligned the Tijuana River Valley’s pollution issues for decades, which
regularly force the county to close beach access along the coast in Coronado,
Silver Strand and Imperial Beach.
The county also has an ongoing beach closure
from the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge to Border Field State Park due
to the pollution.
Last month, California Sens. Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein and
Reps. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, Scott Peters, D-San Diego, Susan Davis, D-San
Diego, and Mike Levin, D-Dana Point, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of
State, Environmental Protection Agency, Customs and Border Protection, Army
Corps of Engineers and the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water
Commission calling for them to address the state of the Tijuana River Valley.
Local jurisdictions and organizations have also sought to address the
issue through litigation. The San Diego Surfrider Foundation filed suit against
the IBWC last year, alleging repeated violations of the Clean Water Act and
negligence for the health and safety of county residents.
The cities of Imperial Beach and Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego
have joined the organization’s lawsuit as plaintiffs. The city of San Diego
is involved in a similar lawsuit with California Attorney General Xavier
Becerra. The latter suit is scheduled to go to trial next year.
Stop the Poop’s rally is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. It will be held
at the San Ysidro Port of Entry’s Ped-West crossing, located at 499 Virginia
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