SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – Imperial Beach officials on Monday said they are tired of the toxic sludge that seeps into their water from Mexico.

After more than a dozen sewage spills in the last few months, officials said they want the federal government to do something about it.

Leaders in the South Bay are working to keep the pressure on federal officials as sewage spills from Mexico pollute county beaches.
In a collective effort billed as "Don't Mess with IB," the City of Imperial Beach Tuesday morning will be demanding action from federal officials to stem the flow of sewage from South of the Border into the Tijuana River.

Residents say the sewage continues to pollute South Bay waters and impact the local economy and community.

"There's no tourism, the house values are going down, and the house sales aren't happening," Ginger Sacco said.

The community-based nonprofit "Stop the Poop" says the government has to invest in new infrastructure.

"We need diversion pipes, retention ponds, more pumping stations and plants," said Baron Partlow from "Stop the Poop."

Last February, an enormous sewage spill, originating in Tijuana, dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of sewage into the Tijuana River over the course of 17 days.

Partlow from 'Stop the Poop' says the Mexican government needs to do its part in preventing future spills, but so far he is not hopeful.

"The water was brown as far as you can see," he said.

Community activists are concerned that in the wake of these continuous sewage spills, the bacterial levels in the water may subside over time, but that same bacteria could be trapped for much longer in the sand.