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Imperial Beach Shoreline Reopened After Tests Show It Is Safe

A sign in Imperial Beach on June 28, 2020, warning swimmers of sewage-contami...

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Above: A sign in Imperial Beach on June 28, 2020, warning swimmers of sewage-contaminated water.

The shoreline at Imperial Beach was opened Saturday after being closed because of water contamination from the Tijuana River.

San Diego County health officials lifted the water contact closure along the shoreline on Saturday after recent water quality testing showed the river flows are no longer impacting these beaches, said spokesman Brad Richardson.

The county agency in charge of beach closures, the Department of Environmental Health and Quality, said the shoreline was recently closed to water contact because of sewage-contaminated flows from the Tijuana River, Richardson said.

However, the ocean shoreline from the International Border to the south end of Seacoast Drive will remain closed until sampling confirms these areas are safe for water contact, he said.

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