Thanks to the orientation of the west coast southwest of San Diego, the continental shelf that protects us from the impact of localized storm surges of the North Pacific, the distant waves of the southern ocean and a temperate climate, San Diego beaches are safe and pleasant practically all year round. San Diego County public health officials had made that call for decades for beach lovers. The yellow and red banners have clearly told people to stay out of the water as a result of Tijuana's pollution, which routinely causes the waves to turn brown and stinky. The previous beaches remain under notice.
Beach lovers are informed that bacteria levels have exceeded CA health standards and can cause illness. When campers can't get in the water, they can participate in everything from sandcastle competitions to archery, rock climbing and other sports. An important proposal is to redirect wastewater currently being pumped to Punta Bandera to an expanded South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant along the border in San Diego. In the past, county-mandated closures largely occurred when rain sent runoff contaminated with wastewater and chemicals across the Tijuana River into the Imperial Beach estuary and out to sea.
Some, such as Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina and County Supervisor Nora Vargas, chose to stay out of the water, partly to set a good example for residents. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches and major attractions, San Diego is known around the world as one of the best tourist destinations and a great place for residents to relax all year round. The San Diego County Department of Health and Environmental Quality issued the following important beach management actions Friday. He said he hadn't noticed the blue sign just several meters from where he and his wife were relaxing on the sand of Imperial Beach.
San Diego lifeguards patrol beaches from nine permanent lifeguard stations (Ocean Beach, South Mission Beach, Mission Beach, North Pacific Beach, Pacific Beach, Children's Pool, La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Shores, Black's Beach) and dozens of seasonal stations during the summer. It was anticipated that by using a more accurate ddPCR method that amplifies DNA in water samples to measure fecal indicator bacteria, there could be greater impacts, such as warnings and closures, on beaches in the south of the county affected by transboundary wastewater flows. Mexico is also developing plans to replace the facility, known as the San Antonio de los Buenos wastewater treatment plant, EPA officials said. With the generous support of readers like you, Times of San Diego publishes timely and accurate news for a better-informed community.
State law also requires local health officials to issue closures if it is known that there is an untreated wastewater discharge adjacent to a public beach or a wastewater discharge known to have reached recreational waters. In doing so, it's important to address the root cause of the problem and the sources that pollute beach waters.