The Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for a set of proposed projects for mitigating transborder water pollution has been released and the public is invited to comment on the document. The deadline is Aug. 1.
The City plans to send in its comments once officials review the document. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission will convene public information sessions to discuss the proposed projects and public meetings to accept comments.
The Tijuana River carries treated and untreated wastewater, trash, and sediment from Mexico across the border into the United States. Polluted discharge into the Pacific Ocean from Tijuana’s San Antonio de Los Buenos wastewater treatment plant is carried northward by ocean currents during the summer, impacting beaches in southern San Diego County.
The document released today is part of the environmental review process required as the next step to move forward on the infrastructure actions announced by EPA in November 2021. Completing this is necessary to initiate planning, design, and construction of an initial part of a comprehensive set of infrastructure projects in San Diego and Tijuana to stem the flow of transborder pollution.