San Diego Shuts Beaches As Mexico’s Sewage Overflows

“You don’t want to get sick, and the best way to avoid that is to avoid the water.” Joseph Palmer, San Diego County Department of Environmental Health

Fox 5, SAN DIEGO — County environmental health officials issued a closure Thursday along the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge and Border Field State Park due to sewage-contaminated water.

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health issued the water-contact closure following rainfall this week that caused contaminated water in the Tijuana River to flow into U.S. waterways.

County officials regularly issue beach closures after rainstorms due to contaminated flows from the river.

The closure extends along the shoreline from the U.S.-Mexico border to the northern end of the Imperial Beach shoreline. County officials have placed water-contact closure signs to alert beachgoers of the water’s contamination. Read more.