San Diego County supervisors join brewing legal battle against feds over Tijuana sewage spills

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to join the growing legal campaign to force the federal government to do more to stop sewage from spilling over the border from Tijuana and routinely fouling beaches.

“Enough is enough,” Supervisor Greg Cox, whose district includes a region bordering Mexico, said in a statement. “We’ve exhausted all our efforts to resolve this terrible situation and it’s time we force those responsible to once and for all fix this problem.”

A massive sewage spill in the Tijuana River in February fouled beaches as far north as Coronado, and polluted water has continued to regularly flow across the border into the Tijuana River valley through the river and a system of canyons.

In September, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. side of the International Boundary and Water Commission, which oversees water treaties with Mexico and facilitates funding for infrastructure projects along the border.

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