By Rick Oltman, March 8, 2017
One-hundred forty million gallons of Mexican sewage flowed into Southern California and polluted, once again, the beaches south of San Diego. The Tijuana River, effectively an open Mexican sewer, runs north-northwest out of Mexico into the United States and then turns west to empty noxious contaminants into the Pacific Ocean at the coastal community of Imperial Beach. The sewage spill began on February 2, but wasn’t widely reported on until February 25.
The Tijuana River is one of the most polluted waterways in North America. The sewage and plumbing infrastructure in Tijuana is very old and doesn’t even exist in some parts of the city of 1.7 million people, which has had a 70% increase in population since 1991. The repeated spills pollute ranchlands and wetlands and create toxic pools that are breeding grounds for deadly mosquito transmitted diseases.
The pollution has been going on for many decades. Twenty six years ago this month in 1991, 12 million gallons of sewage a day spilled across the border. That time the sewage was diverted to the San Diego County sewage treatment facility, but the $860,000 cost was not paid for by Tijuana or Mexico, but by California taxpayers.
And it happens constantly during the winter rainy season.
The pollution from the Tijuana River has in the past required that the polluted beaches be closed for up to 300 days out of the year. It was so bad and so common in the early ‘90s, that former Congressman Brian Bilbray, a supporter of immigration enforcement during his years in Congress, and at the time an infuriated San Diego County Supervisor, climbed onto a bulldozer and tried to block the toxic flow. And nothing has changed, obviously.
Since this continued environmental degradation is international, and the environmental groups have proven useless over the years when it comes to addressing our border matters, perhaps we should ask the United Nations to look into it. The U.N. is known for its endless, useless rhetoric about nearly everything. But their web pages are full of talk about pollution, mainly global warming. There is an upcoming conference (they seem to have a lot of conferences) June 5 – 9 in New York City called The Ocean Conference, which has 14 stated goals, the first one being:
- By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
On January 24, Niki Haley was confirmed by the Senate as America’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Perhaps Ambassador Haley can make a request of the U.N. to sanction Mexico for this repeated environment destruction and force them to not only clean up the messes they make, but build adequate infrastructure, like sewage treatment plants and plumbing facilities for their people. If they can’t or won’t do anything to address this environmental debacle, then we should cut funding the useless body.
Illegal aliens who cross these infected areas when coming north commonly put plastic bags over their shoes and around their legs to try to protect themselves from the contaminated effluents.
I first learned of the pollution caused by Mexico dumping their raw sewage into the river 25 years ago when I led a group of citizens, including California Assembly members and aids to Congressmen, to the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station and along the border. I spoke to one agent who told me his personal experience of getting very sick after falling into the ankle deep “aguas negras,” the “black waters,” of the Tijuana River while pursuing some illegals. He was in the hospital for two weeks.
It’s fun to imagine damming up the river to prevent the influx of sewage, like Brian Bilbray wanted to do. Add the cost to the Border Wall plan. A dam is, after all, just a wall.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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