According to a Thursday report, a huge amount of sewage is flowing from Mexico to the United States each day, a problem that is amplified when it rains at the border.
“When it rains in San Diego like it has this week, it also rains in Tijuana, creating a stinky and environmental problem for those who live north of the border,” Border Report said. “A lot of runoff from Tijuana flows north into the U.S. specifically the Tijuana River Valley. Trouble is, it’s not just water. The water contains chemicals, plastics, trash, debris and above all, untreated sewage.”
How much untreated sewage, exactly?
According to the International Water and Boundary Commission (IBWC), a government environmental organization run half by Mexico and half by the United States, 50 million gallons of untreated sewage flow into the United States each day, mostly via the Pacific Ocean and often causing beach closures in southern California.
“Anytime it rains and even when it doesn’t it’s a toxic tsunami of toxic chemicals, foul smelling sewage, tons of garbage that flows from Tijuana into the valley, tires, dead animals, it’s bad stuff,” Imperial Beach Mayor, CA mayor Serge Dedina reportedly said.
Imperial Beach is located in San Diego County, and is often forced to close due to toxins from Mexico flowing into the ocean water along its beaches.
There are other ramifications, too, that are far more severe than the inconvenience of not being able to enjoy a beach day.
“Many Border Patrol agents work in the valley and often have to get in the water and/or mud to do their jobs and they are getting sick,” Border Report said. “Navy seals [sic] who train at a facility nearby are also becoming ill when they train on the beaches just north of the border.”
Rightfully, this is an issue that should be handled by the IBWC.
But that organization has recently been busy playing politics, attempting to stop Fisher Industries, contracted by non-profit We Build The Wall, from building three and a half miles of border barrier on private land in Mission, TX with funds donated by the American people.
The IBWC filed a federal lawsuit against Fisher Industries demanding numerous environmental samples and projections be produced, which held the project up for more than a month. The environmental group’s claim was that building the wall might disrupt some of the natural habit in the surrounding area.
Ultimately, Fisher Industries prevailed in court and resumed its project.
What is definitely a disruptive environmental hazard, though, is millions of gallons of open sewage polluting America’s oceans.
The IBWC does not appear to be too concerned with that issue.
Like The Rundown News on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/therundownnews/