County Supervisor Chair Nora Vargas and Vice Chair Terra Lawson-Remer Wednesday continued their push to have the U.S.-Mexico transboundary sewage air pollution from the Tijuana River declared a federal emergency, following the closure of a number of county seashores on the Fourth of July.
They famous July 4th was the 569th consecutive day of seashore closures within the area attributable to sewage runoff flowing into the ocean from Tijuana.
“As we noticed this previous vacation weekend with a few of our seashores closed throughout Independence Day, the Tijuana River Valley environmental air pollution disaster has reached a tipping level and we urgently want the federal authorities to step in and assist us convey clear water to the households and guests of San Diego County,” Vargas mentioned.
“These closures proceed to severely affect the life, well being, and financial well-being of so many and we’d like a federal state of emergency if we actually wish to deal with this problem.”
Final Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors declared the primary state of emergency on Tijuana Sewage and known as on the Biden Administration to declare a federal emergency.
Following the vote, San Diego County’s Meeting and State Senate delegations wrote to Gov. Gavin Newsom requesting the state of California be part of the emergency declaration, and the area’s congressional representatives elevated this request on to Biden.
“If 35 million gallons of sewage had been being spilled on the Nationwide Mall in D.C. every day, our authorities would’ve taken motion way back,” mentioned Lawson-Remer. “But right here we’re, celebrating the 4th of July vacation with lots of our area’s seashores unsafe to swim in.”
“On the present tempo, my 4-year-old daughter could also be in center faculty by the point we’ve made any actual progress,” she added. “Our sewage disaster threatens our well being, our surroundings, and our economic system. We’d like a federal emergency declared and motion now.”
Vargas and Lawson-Remer added signatures of two,500 county residents to a petition calling on federal motion from Biden.
Paloma Aguirre, elected final 12 months to be Imperial Seaside’s mayor-at-large, mentioned her neighborhood can’t wait one other 15 years for enhancements.
“Imperial Seaside has suffered for many years from cross-border air pollution, with its seashore being closed daily this 12 months. … The impacts are fairly, fairly extreme,” she mentioned.
Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.