San Diego and surrounding cities will save over $1 billion by continuing to allow pollution in Chollas Creek, one of the region’s most polluted waterways, rather than cleaning it up as the cities had previously been ordered to do.
That will allow thousands of pounds of zinc and copper to continue flowing into the creek, but soon those materials will be considered officially less harmful than they were a decade ago.
For years, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board has tried to make the cities clean up the creek, which starts in La Mesa and Lemon Grove and runs through the heart of San Diego.
But on Wednesday, the board is set to roll back some of its cleanup requirements, which it now says were ill-informed.
The amount of metals in Chollas Creek can now remain largely the same, but after years of bureaucratic exercises, a bunch of public agencies will clear a major liability off their books.
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Don't really know the final solution. But could they set up water collector for dry season and first flush that goes into the sewer systems like around Mission Bay.??
Since the creek runs through Barrio Logan it looks like I'm going to have to start calling out those that want to keep it polluted.
@Desde la Logan Why delay call out the bums now or invite them over for a glass of Lemonade made with Chollas water.
Local black snake fighters are home for the winter itching to save the water locally. They just found their cause.
With our new possible head of EPA look for these kinds of 'ideas' on a national level. Apparently no one is interested in clean water anymore.
@peggyo As to the changes in Washington, They are just catching up with the established San Diego methods.
What troubles me most is the disparate treatment for a stream going through a poor neighborhood versus a rich one. Let's watch how the City and Water Board treats the cleanup of the other streams.
The Chollas Creek leads to Bay and not directly into Surf rider territory
Thank you for beginning a interesting series of articles on Chollas Creek. I think you nailed the city's techniques to avoid reasonable clean up of environmental hazards they fostered.
The shoe I am waiting to drop, is the City's creation of an artificial mega watershed, called "Pueblo", to allow them to tax the residential neighborhoods for the storm water treatment plants necessary to clean up downtown's run off. The "Pueblo Scheme" is to combine the separate Downtown, Switzer, Golden Hill South park, Chollas Creek City Heights and Southeast watershed areas into a new assessment district.
Watch for this piece of government coal in next year's Easter Basket
@john stump If the city required each neighborhood to be self-sufficient in tax revenue versus city spending, the Pueblo Scheme would not be possible or necessary.