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Surfrider's I.B. surf contest iffy

Wastewater reportedly flowing through nearby canyon

Aerial view (not current) of Tijuana Estuary from Surfrider's website
Aerial view (not current) of Tijuana Estuary from Surfrider's website

Surfrider San Diego’s No Border Sewage Committee (NoBS) organized a binational surf contest for this Sunday (November 6) where Imperial Beach abuts the border, but a sewage flow threatens to interfere, according to a spokesperson at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.

A mixture of fresh water and wastewater is flowing down the canyon, making the road impassable and, potentially, the ocean water unsafe

There is marshland on both sides of the road, which is lower than the marsh. Thus, the sewage flows into the road.

The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center spokesperson says a construction project in Mexico is believed to be the cause of the problem. The International Boundary and Water Commission is pumping the sewage out now and hopes that the road will be passable by Sunday. If it isn't, attendees can walk to the site — a total of three miles, there and back.

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Aerial view (not current) of Tijuana Estuary from Surfrider's website
Aerial view (not current) of Tijuana Estuary from Surfrider's website

Surfrider San Diego’s No Border Sewage Committee (NoBS) organized a binational surf contest for this Sunday (November 6) where Imperial Beach abuts the border, but a sewage flow threatens to interfere, according to a spokesperson at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center.

A mixture of fresh water and wastewater is flowing down the canyon, making the road impassable and, potentially, the ocean water unsafe

There is marshland on both sides of the road, which is lower than the marsh. Thus, the sewage flows into the road.

The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center spokesperson says a construction project in Mexico is believed to be the cause of the problem. The International Boundary and Water Commission is pumping the sewage out now and hopes that the road will be passable by Sunday. If it isn't, attendees can walk to the site — a total of three miles, there and back.

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I've spent a lot of time surfing in IB (went to high school there). The sewage has always been a problem but there are actually quite a few organizations working to help solve the problem. Wildcoast is a notable one. It's a tough situation, the beach is directly impacted by the 3rd world infrastructure of Mexico.

Perhaps a Surfrider contest being canceled due to pollution would bring more attention to the problem?

Nov. 3, 2016

Hi Tommy, organizations like Wildcoast, Surfrider, and many more, have been working to improve water quality in the border region. Fortunately, we are making progress (although slower than we would like to see).

Fortunately, as of now, there is ZERO reason to cancel the competition. However, if there is one good thing that comes out of this sensationalized article, it's greater awareness of the problem.

Now, let's go surf the border and enjoy what so many work to protect!

Nov. 4, 2016

sdsurf: In my judgment, we have a "he said, she said" situation. The Reader hopes the competition goes forward, but the other side deserves to be heard. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 5, 2016

TommyB: Yes, that might help. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 4, 2016

THE OTHER SIDE. We have a "he said, she said" situation. Chris Peregrine, manager of the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, says the water has been tested every day. There was a construction problem that impacted the groundwater, but he is convinced that the water is now clear, and he is optimistic that it will remain healthy, although something like rain could interfere. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 4, 2016

This is not a "he said, she said" situation. The water test results are scientific evidence that there is no water quality issues. As mentioned in the previous article.

Nov. 4, 2016

sdsurf: You are entitled to your opinion. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 5, 2016

Mike Murphy: There will definitely be a plaintiff and a defendant if such a suit is filed. Both sides are convinced they are right. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 4, 2016

So, Yogurt Canyon is almost a quarter mile east of the beach, east of the Mesa where Friendship Park is. The road thru Border Field SP is at a low point there and it regularly has a couple of inches of water that came through from the south. It is NOWHERE near the beach and the pooled water doesn't drain into the ocean. Park boss Chris Peregrin tells people the water is full of sewage so he can close the road, but the park staff wasn't testing the water and instead misused county beach closure signs to express their opinions and turn people away. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/20... Your tires are in danger. That's it. Short of a complete flooding of the valley, Yogurt canyon doesn't drain into the ocean. The pictures should show it with its occasional overlay of water.

Nov. 4, 2016

martygraham619:I talked to Chris and he is optimistic. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 5, 2016

Martygraham619: Just hope there isn't rain. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 5, 2016

What are the "test" results? What kinds of tests?

Murky water can be muddied by murky thinking. Or is it the other way around?

Nov. 5, 2016

Flapper: They are referring to tests for the water's purity. Some are satisfied that the water is clear and others say it isn't. Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 6, 2016

The International Water and Boundary Commission released this statement Monday afternoon:

The cross boundary sewage flow at Yogurt Canyon at Border Field State Park continues, due to a collapsed sewer pipe in Playas de Tijuana. This has resulted in low flows inundating the access road to the Park. Mexico is replacing the pipe at a major road crossing in Playas IBWC and State Parks worked to remove about 30,000 gallons from the access road November 2-4 in anticipation of the binational event on Sunday 11/6/16 but Saturday the flow had inundated the road again. Mexico reported today that the pipe repair should be completed either late today or tomorrow.

Nov. 7, 2016

martygraham619: Where are all those people who were absolutely sure there was no problem? Best, Don Bauder

Nov. 8, 2016

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