San Diego 101: The Tijuana River Sewage Crisis | Voice of San Diego

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San Diego 101: The Tijuana River Sewage Crisis

San Diego’s coast is being drenched in sewage on a regular basis.

It’s one of the most pressing environmental emergencies in the region. Beaches have to close frequently because of the ocean pollution from the Tijuana River.

It’s an ongoing, complicated problem. No one has put forward a solution to fix it despite locals pleading to all levels of government for help.

VOSD environment reporter MacKenzie Elmer explains the history, geography and politics at play in this binational environmental crisis — and where all the sewage is coming from.


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