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Sewage contamination closing San Diego beaches

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Assemblyman Todd Gloria and Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina will tour contaminated areas in Imperial Beach and the Tijuana River Valley in an effort to find solutions to the sewage spills. 

Earlier this year, a massive spill fouled the Tijuana River Valley. An investigation found that at least 28 million gallons of sewage was released after a waste water collector in Tijuana collapsed. Flows ended up in the Tijuana River, which runs north into the U.S. where it spills out into the ocean.

"We need a diverter pipe turned on in Mexico so that this river stop flowing. In Imperial Beach, we are not victims, we are actively advocating for fixing this problem," said Serge Dedina, Imperial Beach Mayor. 

Recent storms in San Diego County caused even more raw sewage to spill into the waters off Imperial Beach and the Tijuana River Valley, polluting miles of coastline all the way to Coronado. Imperial Beach has been closed roughly 1,600 days in the last 10 years. 

"Two sides, two pots of money, but really making sure that not a gallon of water, sewage water reaches our coast and pollutes the beaches from Rosarito beach all the way north to Coronado," said Dedina. 

"It makes no sense to improve the facilities there if the beaches are not usable because they're closed due to a sewage spill," Assemblyman Gloria said.

Assemblyman Gloria plans to talk to his fellow lawmakers next week at the state Capitol to try and allocate money to stop the environmental hazard. 

"The more we pressure those folks, the more accountable they are and the more they do their job and the more faster we get our beach open," said Dedina. 



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