Governor Brown Signs Senator Hueso’s Tijuana River Valley Legislation
San Diego, CA – October 9, 2017 – Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) is proud to announce that his legislation, Senate Bill 507: Tijuana River Valley, was signed into law Friday by Governor Brown. The law, which became effective immediately upon Governor Brown’s signature, reallocates $2.1 million for development at and restoration of the Tijuana River Valley.
The law amends the Wildlife, Coastal, and Park Land Conservation Act and authorizes the money granted to the County of San Diego to be available for development, rehabilitation, protection, and restoration, including studies of natural lands, in the Tijuana River Valley. It also updates the priority action areas of the Tijuana River Valley Recovery Strategy to determine the flow of wastewater and runoff, as well as conduct a Tijuana River Main Channel Water Quality Protection Feasibility Study.
“It is my continued goal to protect my district from the disastrous effects these sewage spills have on health, water quality and the economy,” said Senator Hueso. “I applaud the Governor for signing this legislation so that we can begin finding long-term solutions to finally put an end to this issue that has long plagued our communities.”
In February 2017, one of the largest sewage spills occurred in the Tijuana River Valley and lasted 17 days, during which time more than 28 million gallons of sewage spilled into the Tijuana River Valley from Mexico. The beaches from Imperial Beach to Coronado closed due to high levels of pollution.