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Working together to create solutions and raise awareness for clean water at the San Diego/Tijuana border and the surrounding South Bay beaches.
Recent News & Updates

Since heavy rains in November 2019 caused a critical sewage system breakdown in Tijuana, Mexico, approximately 50 million gallons per day of sewage and contaminants have spilled into the Pacific Ocean at the US-Mexico border without adequate notification. Many South San Diego beaches are unsafe, and therefore closed. 

Please lend your voice to ours. We must tell our federal and bi-national leaders that this is unacceptable. Click the link below to urge your elected officials to protect the beach.


Don't miss our meeting this month - we will be holding a working group/planning session to discuss our priorities and upcoming events for the next year!

Be a part of the solution!  
JOIN US this Thursday, February 13th from 6:30-8PM at the Imperial Beach Public Library!


Here are some recent media and blog publications concerning clean border water:

Protect & Enjoy Podcast 2/11/20: Episode 36 with CBWN's Bethany Case talking about the Border Sewage Spill Action Alert (iTunes • Spotify • Podbean)

Los Angeles Times 2/10/20: Unlikely allies got White House to tackle Tijuana River mess: How they pulled it off

California State Lands Commission 2/7/20: Commission implores the U.S. EPA to take immediate action to protect the Tijuana River Estuary and California beaches

Surfrider San Diego Blog 2/5/20: Over 3 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled Since November 2019

10News ABC San Diego KGTV 1/31/20Officials discuss plans to fix Tijuana River pollution
Monthly Closure Report
Water contact Closures in the South County are issued when sewage contaminated flows from the Tijuana River/other transboundary source(s) enter the United States and impact beach water quality. Beach water quality impacts and associated unhealthful conditions are imminent in the vicinity of the Tijuana Slough Shoreline (as defined below).

As a result, this portion of beach is closed whenever contaminated flows impact beach water quality. Tides, wind, near-shore ocean currents, and other factors determine how far north these impacts may extend – thus, leading to potential closures at northern beaches for the remaining shoreline segments below:

Tijuana Slough Shoreline: From the International Border to the south end of Seacoast Drive in Imperial Beach

Imperial Beach Shoreline: From the south end of Seacoast Drive (Imperial Beach) to Carnation Avenue (north end of Imperial Beach at Camp Surf)

Silver Strand Shoreline: From Carnation Avenue (north end of Imperial Beach) to Avenida Lunar (*Avenida del Sol: south end of Coronado Municipal Beach) 

Coronado Shoreline: From Avenida Lunar (*Avenida del Sol: south end of Coronado Municipal Beach) to the north end of Coronado Municipal Beach

Thank you to the County of San Diego's Beach & Bay Water Quality Program for providing us with these stats and summary.

Make sure to sign up for Surfrider San Diego's Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) Weekend Beach Report to find out the status of your San Diego County Beach every week!
Upcoming Events
February 15th - Beach Clean Up in IB

February 20th - Quarterly Chapter Meeting

March 12th - CBWN Monthly Meeting w/Beach and Bay Monitoring Presentation

Have an event you'd like us to table at? Send us an email and we'll figure something out!
Thank you for continuing to support the Clean Border Water Now Program!

Shannon, Bethany, and Carrie
Program Leads, Clean Border Water Now Program
Surfrider Foundation San Diego County
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