Senator Hueso To Secure $2.1 Million to Take Immediate Action On Tijuana River Valley

Senate Bill to address sewage spill disaster
May 11, 2017

San Diego, CA… Senator Ben Hueso today introduced a bill which will reallocate $2.1 million for the restoration and recovery efforts associated with the Tijuana River Valley (TJRV).   Senate Bill 507 will also update the priority action areas of the TJRV Recovery Strategy to determine the flow of wastewater and runoff and conduct a Tijuana River Main Channel Water Quality Protection Feasibility Study.  

“For over 30 years, San Diego has declared a state of emergency in the Tijuana River Valley over ongoing hazardous sewage spills,” stated Senator Ben Hueso.   “We must find long term solutions to finally put an end to this issue which has long plagued our communities.  It is my continued goal to protect my district from the disastrous effects these sewage spills have on health, water quality and the economy. “

The Budget Act of 2014 appropriated money to the Department of Parks and Recreation  from the California Wildlife, Coastal and Park land Conservation Fund of 1988 for the purposes of providing funds to the County of San Diego to acquire natural lands in the Tijuana River Valley;  however, the funds were only made available through Friday, June  30, 2017.  Due to land constraints in the TJRV new land cannot be acquired with these funds.  It is critical to focus on the funding issue now to make improvements to the Tijuana River Valley.  

On February 6, 2017, one of the largest sewage spills occurred in the Tijuana River Valley and lasted 17 days.  Over 28 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Tijuana River Valley from Mexico.  The beaches from Imperial Beach to Coronado closed due to the high levels of pollution.  

When successfully passed by the legislature, Senate Bill 507 will take effect immediately.