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Dempsey Holder Ocean Fest + Surf Competition Postponed Until October 12, 2019 Due To Ocean Pollution

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Posted: Friday, October 4, 2019 4:08 pm

The Dempsey Holder Ocean Festival and Surf Contest is postponed until Oct. 12 due to a mix of unfavorable conditions. High bacterial counts at Border Field State Park shoreline and the Tijuana Rivermouth, reports of odors this morning at the Imperial Beach shoreline, a strong south swell and forecasted rain in the upper watershed have led to this decision.

 “Wildcoast holds the safety and well-being of it’s volunteers and event participants to the highest standard. Unfortunately, the toxic effluent from the Tijuana River and the Punta Bandera sewage treatment plant, continue to pose a major public health risk for beach goers and ocean users of south San Diego’s beaches” said Paloma Aguirre, Coastal and Marine Director of Wildcoast.

Wildcoast conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and wildlife. “The wetlands, beaches, and marine environment of south San Diego County are incredible coastal assets,” commented Zach Plopper, Conservation Director at Wildcoast. “They are extremely important for wildlife, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and outdoor recreation like surfing. Unfortunately, places like the Tijuana River Mouth State Marine Conservation Area are besieged by this ongoing problem of cross-boarder sewage and trash,” he continued. “Wildcoast, our partners, and our volunteers are doing everything we can to be able to protect one of California’s most special coastal places and people’s ability to enjoy it.”

For more information about Wildcoast’s efforts in south San Diego County please visit

The San Diego County Department of Environmental Health will continue to monitor water quality in partnership with the City of Imperial Beach lifeguards to ensure conditions are optimal for recreational use.

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