California Legislature Unanimously Approves $2.1 Million for Tijuana River Valley
San Diego, CA – September 15, 2017 – The California State Legislature this week voted unanimously to pass Senator Ben Hueso’s (D-San Diego) Tijuana River Valley legislation, which will reallocate $2.1 million for development at and restoration of the Tijuana River Valley. The legislation 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.
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.
“For more than 30 years, San Diego has declared a state of emergency in the Tijuana River Valley over ongoing hazardous sewage spills,” Senator Hueso lamented. “We must find long-term solutions to finally put an end to this issue that has long plagued our communities, and SB 507 helps start that process.”
The bill 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. If signed by the Governor, the legislation will go into effect immediately.
“It is my continued goal to protect my district from the disastrous effects these sewage spills have on health, water quality and the economy,” stated Hueso.