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Surfrider Foundation Files Lawsuit Over Border Sewage

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Posted: Thursday, July 19, 2018 1:01 pm

The Surfrider Foundation has filed a lawsuit to protect public health and clean water against the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC).

The lawsuit is based on the USIBWC’s failure to comply with water quality standards, in addition to critical monitoring and reporting requirements in violation of the Clean Water Act.

The Surfrider Foundation, which has been an active stakeholder on the border sewage issue for over a decade, sent the USIBWC a 60-day Notice of Intent to Sue (NOI) on May 15, 2018. The USIBWC did not respond to the NOI or Surfrider’s position that the USIBWC’s mismanagement and inaction on trans-boundary contamination has resulted in beach closures, the reported human illnesses of residents and Border Patrol agents, negative implications for local businesses and the contamination of the Pacific Ocean.

“The Surfrider Foundation has followed the established procedure for making public and official its complaints that USIBWC is in violation of the federal laws governing local water quality standards, including giving them an opportunity to respond and offer ways to mitigate the problem,” said Daniel Foster, partner with the international law firm representing the Surfrider Foundation, McDermott Will & Emery.

“Because of USIBWC’s continued inaction on this issue and the resulting impact on local communities, Surfrider has decided to take further action on behalf of its members and supporters in Southern California.”

Trans-boundary border sewage flows, unknown chemical pollutants and an increase in plastic debris traveling through the Tijuana River Valley have plagued South San Diego County for

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  • Leon Benham posted at 11:46 am on Wed, Oct 17, 2018.

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    After approving the ocean sewage outfall off Imperial Beach the people of Imperial beach do not need any more help from Surfrider. They do not protect our beaches.

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