Waves not walls: border pollution solutions
by Serge Dedina
he Tijuana River, a sewage-laden biological weapon of mass destruction, is the biggest threat to public health in both California and Baja California. Filled with raw sewage, toxic chemicals, and thousands of tons of horse and cow manure (illegally dumped in the river by stable owners and ranchers on the US side of the border), public officials in the United States and Mexico have failed to prevent the river's foul-smelling water from reaching the beaches of Tijuana, Imperial Beach and Coronado.
Clearly, it is time for a new approach to fixing the border sewage crisis that focuses on a comprehensive solution and includes the following components:
All of these initiatives should cost about $500 million total, or about $125 per person for each of the estimated four million people in the San Diego-Tijuana region. Is this too much to pay to protect this important a resource?
Adapted from “Border Pollution Solutions,” Voice of San Diego. Serge Dedina is the Executive Director of Wildcoast and a lifelong resident of Imperial Beach. He is the author of Saving the Gray Whale and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.