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South Bay Mayors Call For Prioritizing Tijuana Sewage Infrastructure Funding After Massive Spill

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Tijuana River is swollen with rainwater and tainted with sewage on Feb. 27, 2017

South Bay Mayors Call For Prioritizing Tijuana Sewage Infrastructure Funding After Massive Spill

GUEST:

Serge Dedina, mayor, Imperial Beach

Transcript

Baja California's governor is expected to declare a state of emergency in response to last month's massive sewage spill in the Tijuana River. By some estimates the spill caused more than 200 million gallons of untreated sewage to flow into the river and fouled beaches from Imperial Beach to Coronado.

Mexican officials said heavy rains caused the collapse of a major sewer line in Tijuana which caused the spill.

But the sewage issue is larger than that, according to a letter officials representing San Diego's South Bay sent to border environmental organizations on Monday. The officials express frustration and demand action on infrastructure projects to protect water quality in the Tijuana river.

Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, co-founder and executive director of the coastal conservation organization Wildcoast signed the letter. He joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to discuss community frustration with response to the sewage spill.

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